te Tii Marae

Hone Harawira reminds Bill English to know his place

“The Prime Minister should always attend Treaty commemorations at Waitangi, and just like in 1840, that means accepting the good with the bad” said MANA Leader Hone Harawira.

“The Treaty of Waitangi is called that for the simple reason that it was signed at Waitangi, on the 6th of February 1840”

“The Treaty is known as the ?cornerstone of our constitution? and Waitangi is called the ?birthplace of the nation? for very good reason. Waitangi is where the chiefs gathered to discuss the Treaty, to hear the arguments of others and eventually to sign the document we now know as the Treaty of Waitangi, on 6 Feb 1840” Read more »

Deputy PM sore about not being asked to attend Te Tii

Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett was at the [dawn] service on behalf of Prime Minister Bill English who chose to stay away from Waitangi this year and instead hosted his annual breakfast at Orakei in Auckland.

Speaking to media after the dawn service, Bennett said it was a “shame” English couldn’t be there, but he hadn’t made the decision “lightly”.

It’s the only decision Bill English made since he’s been back from holiday, and it’s the only one that’s been generally popular. Read more »

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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Te Tii marae want media to pay $10k for broadcasting rights

The taniwha placating business must be soft.

Waitangi’s Te Tii marae is attempting to sell exclusive broadcasting rights to media for $10,000 to cover this year’s Waitangi day celebrations.

The secretary of Waitangi Marae Mauri Komiti Tana Apiata says the tradition of media companies gifting a koha to the Marae has been scrapped, and replaced with a ‘coverage fee’.

It is believed Newshub was first approached, but Tana Apiata said the deal would be opened up to other broadcasters if Newshub declined.

1 NEWS and Newshub are refusing to pay for exclusive rights.

Ha. ?Imagine the precedent! ? Read more »

Rudman says anarchy reigns supreme on Te Tii Marae

John Key

… the annual hi-jinks at the Waitangi lower marae have become increasingly tiresome and John Key was right to call a halt last Saturday to the ritual humiliation of our PMs Ngapuhi see as their right.

The tribe’s inability to control their hot heads eventually wore Prime Minister Helen Clark down and she chose to go elsewhere to celebrate the national birthday. Read more »

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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No letter for Little: doesn’t know if he’s allowed to speak on Te Tii or not

Mr Little said it was disappointing the Prime Minister was not able to speak at Waitangi on a day put aside for such debate. “Some people are concerned about contemporary issues and I think it is a mark of leadership for him to make himself available, notwithstanding the conflicting information he seems to be getting about speaking rights.”

Mr Little said he could understand the frustration Mr Key felt about the changing rules, saying it would be difficult to speak on such a day without veering near politics.

The letter that set out the request not to discuss politics said the same rule would apply to other parties – a rule that was confirmed by marae trustee Emma Gibbs.

However, Mr Little said no such rule had been communicated to him. He would assess for himself what he could say after talking to the marae elders today.

The absurdity of this has reached biblical proportions.? Read more »

Knock me down with a feather, Tracy Watkins agrees with John Key

Tracy Watkins agrees with John Key.

She thinks the the organisers of Te Tii marae?are “mickey mouse” as well.

John Key launched National’s third term in office with a plan to craft his legacy by changing the flag. Would a more lasting legacy be gifting us a national day free of acrimony that everyone can celebrate?

After a week of will-he won’t-he politics, Key’s decision to turn his back on Te Tii marae will probably come as a relief to Kiwis who have spent much of the last week rolling their eyes at the usual threats of protest and conflict that accompany our only national day each year.

The Prime Minister’s description of the to-ing and fro-ing over whether he should be welcomed onto the marae as “mickey mouse” was as on the money as it was overdue. The row has exposed the same egos, tribal divisions and personality clashes that have marred Waitangi Day for years.

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