While Little has a tin ear, Winston gets it just right

Andrew Little’s tin ear over Waitangi, where Bill English lacks leadership for not going, but he will boycott if he doesn’t get the media he deserves has left the door open for Winston to get a word in edgeways.

Being Winston Peters he doesn’t need the door to be ajar, he just usually kicks it in. Fairfax reports:

Winston Peters won’t go on Te Tii Marae today and was threatened with?arrest as he spoke to media outside the grounds.

“We’re not going to go that’s it, and I’m sorry about that.?I think common sense will soon prevail here…but you cannot move this around the country as if Waitangi didn’t happen on February 6,?1840.”

Peters has been coming to Te Tii for six decades and in a political?role for the last 40 years – this is the first time he hasn’t gone onto Te Tii.

“What’s going on here now is not part of tradition…it’s an?abomination to Maoridom, it’s an abomination to history and to the?significance of this event.”

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Oh so Andrew Little will boycott Te Tii, but only when it is all about him

Andrew Little has spent weeks bagging Bill English for not fronting at Waitangi.

But, when the heat comes on he announces?that he too would boycott in coming years, but with a catch:

Little also said he may boycott Te Tii Marae in future years. ?? Read more »

Willie Jackson pins his hopes on Old Scribble Face

Willie Jackson thinks that the media ban unless they pay brown-mail koha is nonsensical.

Willie Jackson has described the banning of media with cameras from Te Tii Marae as “absolutely bloody nonsensical”.

He hoped that kaumatua Kingi Taurua could “fix it up”.

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See, Bill, you just ruined it all by explaining

People, voters, were genuinely pleased when Bill English told Ngapuhi to go fly a kite.

Now he has ruined all that by explaining…apparently it is going to help Ngapuhi. He’s dictated his explanation to the ever present Audrey Young, who either seems to be the duty journalist or the go to person for Bill English.

Prime Minister Bill English believes his decision not to go to Waitangi this year will help the northern tribes of Nga Puhi to organise themselves for their Treaty of Waitangi negotiations.

He said that once the settlement – which could be worth over $200 million – was finalised, it could make a big difference to Waitangi Day in the north. ? Read more »

Riots predicted for Waitangi…again

The scribble-faces are agitating again:

Threats of riots and protests at Waitangi Day celebrations kept the Prime Minister away this year and the next anniversary is shaping up to be another battle.

Concerns over his safety and a “gagging order” preventing Key from speaking at Te Tii Marae meant he didn’t show up at Waitangi for the first time ever.

Ngapuhi elders and trustees in charge of organising the Waitangi Day celebrations met on Friday to discuss whether they would move all the events to the upper marae and drop the controversial Te Tii marae from the schedule in February.

However many of the “protagonists” didn’t show at the meeting so another one has been organised for the end of the month where it’s expected a vote will take place.

Key said on Monday that he was aware of meetings going on and Ngapuhi have “asked us for an indication at some point whether we intend to return to Waitangi ? we haven’t made that call yet”.

“At some point we’ll engage with them but it’s just a little bit too early at this stage.” ? Read more »

One law for all? Not so much if you are a Maori

Out they come…after pandering to ‘whanau’ in?the?Kawerau siege?the Police have now opened up a big can of worms.

Yesterday?Taupo police area commander Inspector Warwick Morehu, a Maori police officer, was instrumental in extracting Rhys Warren from a property near Kawerau.

Warren appeared in court yesterday, accused of shooting four police officers over a cannabis operation. He was remanded without plea.

Speaking on TVNZ’s Breakfast today, Steve Elers said he wouldn’t be comfortable talking with non-Maori police officers.

“If a cop knocks on the door, he’d better be Maori or I’m shutting the door and asking for an iwi liaison officer,” he said.

Massey University communications lecturer Mr Elers, who has studied Maori policy, says New Zealand Police have only 30 iwi liaison officers to serve a population of 668,000 Maori.

“For Maori people we engage better with each other than with anyone else,” he said.

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Alan Duff gives Ngapuhi a ticking off


Alan Duff gets stuck into Ngapuhi:

I’ve also previously written that even if we had a Prime Minister I personally detested, I’d still give him or her the respect the office demands.

Not deserves, as sometimes we’ll have a PM who doesn’t earn that. It is our highest political office. (Putting aside the Governor-General, an office I don’t necessarily care for. Too old-fashioned, too many British Empire trappings and traditions, increasingly irrelevant in this modern age. Time for radical changes.)

Now, if Maori at Waitangi promise our Prime Minister a hostile welcome, why should he go? It’s mass bullying, at its worst. Let’s put the boot on the other foot and Parliament promises a hostile welcome to a Ngapuhi delegation wanting to visit.

There would be an uproar. And rightly so.

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Shane Jones likes the idea of taking Te Tii out of Waitangi Day

Shane Jones enters the vexed Waitangi debate.

Former Labour MP Shane Jones has thrown his weight behind calls to shift Waitangi celebrations involving the Crown, away from Ti Tii Marae.

The national day and lead-up was marred by in-fighting among trustees of the lower marae. Drawn-out confusion over whether Prime Minister John Key was even invited, and a gagging order placed on him by some trustees led to his withdrawal from Waitangi celebrations at the weekend.

He promised to return next year, if his normal speaking rights were reinstated.

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Ngapuhi stoush over taonga

Ngapuhi are at loggerheads again, this time over some taonga loaned to a museum, with one elder – David Rankin – saying they are now being treated with disrespect.

A museum at Waitangi that opened to the public today has already been hit with a demand for the return of objects including Hone Heke’s tomahawk.

The Museum of Waitangi, part of a $14 million redevelopment of the Treaty Grounds, was formally opened by the Governor-General, Sir Jerry Mateparae, on Friday, and opened to the public today.

But Ngapuhi leader David Rankin has this evening contacted management to demand the return of two taonga he said his hapu, Te Matarahurahu, agreed to lend to the museum.

Mr Rankin told the Herald he had never been given any documentation after handing over the two precious items — a tomahawk that belonged to his ancestor Hone Heke and a godstick used by the tohunga Papahurihia — in July.

He said the final straw came when neither he nor any of his hapu’s kaumatua were invited to the museum opening, and the artefacts had been treated “like items at a garage sale”. ? Read more »

John Key: Te Tii Marae group ‘Mickey Mouse’

John Key is no longer mincing words regarding Waitangi and he isn ‘t going there either.

Prime Minister John Key says the organisation at Te Tii Marae is “Mickey Mouse” and he won’t go there tomorrow if he is under a new gagging order.

He has now been told he could not discuss politics in the whare and that the best place to talks about political issues would be in Hone Harawira’s tent.

“I am not going there with a gagging order and I am not going there if I can’t speak on the marae,” he told reporters after todays’ TPP signing.

“It’s a little bit frustrating because it’s all Mickey Mouse if you ask me, but the Mickey Mouse-ness of it is sitting on their side, I’m sorry.”

Mr Key said the new conditions arrived in a letter to his office last night. ? Read more »