Time to Quit Waitangi

It is abundantly clear that Ngapuhi and Maori want to live in the past and hurl abuse at anyone who doesn’t subscribe to their views.

It is now time to leave Waitangi behind, and for National to return to its 2005 promise to remove the Maori electorates. The culture of grievance must be ended and a good start would be to remove race based seats in parliament.

Protesters have ignored pleas to show respect at Te Tii Marae this morning, where Prime Minister John Key and fellow politicians were verbally abused during an ugly display of activism.

Protester Wi Popata heckled prominent Maori MPs regardless of party affiliation, calling Dr Pita Sharples, Te Ururoa Flavell and Hekia Parata “niggers.”

“The Treaty’s not for sale,” chanted others.

“You should be ashamed of yourselves.”

Maori Wardens and Diplomatic Security Services members kept them away from Mr Key as he made a forced exit after a farcical gathering, during which officials could not be heard for all the chanting.

One protester cried “scumbag” as Mr Key entered the vehicle.

Around six to 10 protesters rushed onto the marae when Mr Key first arrived at 10am, knocking aside members of the media as they moved. Two photographers, including one from the Herald, were seen bleeding after the rush.

It is believed the injuries were not caused by deliberate attacks.

Waitangi has become a focal point for protests. It matters not to the angry mob of disaffected the advances that have been made, the settlements reached. Bending over backwards just gets your face spat in.

Helen Clark was right to ignore them for years. Time to show the “cold face” once again.