Titewhai Harawira is a thug. She brutalised the mentally ill, and she is treated as deserving respect because of her age. If she were a man of non-Maori descent, he would be treated by her sycophants and apologists for what he would be - a thug.
The mere fact this woman, who attacked Maori who were vulnerable, is granted a shred of respect, is disgraceful. No one, Maori or otherwise, should give her a public platform and given the atrocious statistics for Maori on Maori crime, she should be ostracised, for she is part of the problem. A woman who normalised and institutionalised violence, and has never offered contrition for it.
John Key should ignore her, should refuse to engage with her, and she should be told why. It's not her politics or that of her vile racist rent-seeking son (for there are many of that ilk), it's what she did.
Those who express concern over racism always say they want people judged for their deeds. It's time to do just that. Titewhai Harawira is a violent criminal offender, let's treat her as such.