|Just call me 'God'...|
They organised a hikoi from South Auckland to Kaitaia last Friday: this massive show of support for The Bro in the upcoming Te Tai Tokerau by-election consisted of…12 people on a bus. By the time the bus got through Waitakere in west Auckland, that number had dropped to six.
Kereama Pene, a senior Ratana minister, says Hone Harawira closely embodies a prophecy by church founder T.W.Ratana (1873-1939).
Mr Harawira says he’s humbled by talk that he may be the Prophesied One, but he is not actively pursuing it.
That would be rather wise, methinx! Y’see, Akuhata Kiwa (1917) prophesied the coming of Ratana himself (as did a number of other maori seers), saying: “This young man will come before I have passed through death’s veil. There will be no prophets or knowledgeable teachers after him, never.” In their zealous support of Hone-bro, the good folk of Ratana seem to have forgotten that particular prophecy: there - will - be - no - more - prophets - after - Ratana.
Hipa Te Maiharoa (1868) said: “The one who will save (the maori people) will come forth in the Taranaki area…”. But being born in Whangarei and raised in west Auckland, Hone again doesn’t fit the bill.