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. …
Northland-based Jones, now New Zealand’s economic development ambassador to the Pacific, said he supported the calls.
“Unfortunately all Tai Tokerau (Northland) tribes are tainted by the Te Tii Marae circus. Their decision that the PM could go on the Marae but not talk makes a mockery of Marae culture.
“What were they thinking, that the leader of the nation would stand and hum Pokarekare ana?” said Jones.
And Jones further says:
He said a vote over whether trustees would extend an invitation to the Prime Minister this year was “farcical”.
“Such hui and decisions showed that Marae cannot cope and an alternative venue should be used to prevent Waitangi looking like wairangi (delusional).”
Why not shift it around New Zealand and allow different Iwi to host it? I’m sure Ngai Tahu would put on an exceptionally good Waitangi Day, for example.
You could rotate it among all the Iwi that have completed Treaty settlements with the Crown.