Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia was sickened by what she called "psychological abuse" meted out to her and others by MP Hone Harawira's mother and sister at a hui yesterday.
Mrs Turia said the entire meeting, at Waitangi's Te Tii Marae, was disrupted from 10am to 2pm.
"It was just terrible. It was the whole hui. It wasn't just two minutes. It was shouting, abusing, swearing, singing loud over the top of people."
She said Mr Harawira's mother, Titewhai, "kept shouting at me that I was a liar ... bloody liar ... snakes".
"Nobody could shut them up. They just shouted and denigrated people the whole way through the hui."
Mrs Harawira and daughter Hinewhare also tried to intimidate people by saying they had written down the names of those present.
"It was nothing short of being psychologically abusive and violent," said Mrs Turia. "I've never seen anything like it, to be honest. I felt sick."
In 1998, Mrs Turia was at Te Tii with Helen Clark when Mrs Harawira reduced the then Labour leader to tears over her being allowed to speak.
Titewhai Harawira has a long and chequered history. Her most infamous moment was a nine-month jail sentence for assaulting patients at her Whare Paia Maori mental health unit in Auckland in 1989. Age, it would seem, has not mellowed her.
Titewhai Harawira represents a small but exceedingly vocal section of Maori whom we do not believe represents mainstream Maori opinion. She, like her son is an extremist, who blames Pakeha for all the ills that Maori suffer.
Hone Harawira needs to front up here. Are his mother and sister members of the Mana Party, and if so, do they represent the Mana Party's policies. Their conduct yesterday was apalling, and will do nothing for the Mana Party's credibility, especially after Hone Harawira's gaffe in lauding Osama bin Laden last week.
Hone Harawira may claim that the Mana Party is his vehicle to put right Maori grievances. It seems though that his waka has been hijacked.