Cancel Waitangi and go elsewhere

The media are being asked to cough up cash to cover Waitangi Day commemorations on the Lower Te Tii marae.

A Ngapuhi elder is asking reporters and cameramen to hand over hundreds of dollars to cover the celebrations.

Prime Minister John Key has been welcomed onto the marae by local iwi Ngapuhi, but news outlets are being told to stay away unless they put forward a $500 service fee.

TV1, TV3 have been asked for $500 while Maori TV has been asked for $1000, Newstalk ZB reported.

FRO, easy fixed, go elsewhere and hold commemorations if these grasping highwaymen continue to extort. It is our national day and frankly these few aren’t doing anything to help national cohesion despite the advances in recent years.