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The Mana Movement (formerly called the Mana Party, styled in English as the MANA Movement) is a New Zealand peoples movement led by Hone Harawira which was formed in April 2011, following his resignation from the Māori Party. Harawira won the by-election in Te Tai Tokerau of 25 June 2011 for the Mana movement, and retained the seat during the 2011 general election but lost it in 2014.
MANA Founding Principles The mission of the MANA Movement is to bring rangatiratanga to the poor, the powerless and the dispossessed. It is they who carry the brunt of government by the rich and powerful for the rich and powerful. We will lead the fight against welfare that punishes children, against greed that is rewarded by corporate payouts, against the damage to Papatūānku by pollution and oil drilling and against governments who fill the pockets of foreign companies at our expense.
The MANA Movement will support Te Tiriti o Waitangi as the basis of the New Zealand Constitution and will uphold Te Reo Māori as a taonga and ensure its protection. We stand for the right to fulfilling work with a decent living wage. We stand for full employment so that everyone can give back to their communities in a meaningful way and with dignity. We stand for a tax system that abolishes GST and levies financial transactions, taking away the heavy tax burden that falls on the poor and middle income earners. We stand for every family’s right to secure, healthy housing.
We stand for every child’s right to a free, high quality education that prepares them for their world. We will support students’ right to enter the workforce free of the burden of student debt. In short, we will fight to bring the voice of the poor, the powerless and the dispossessed into Parliament. And we will fight to give Te Tiriti o Waitangi the mana and life that was envisaged by those tūpuna who signed it in 1840.
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