Prime Minister John Key has been given the green light to return to Waitangi in February with full speaking rights.
At a meeting at Waitangi on Saturday, the organising committee and Ngapuhi elders voted unanimously to invite Key back to Te Tii Marae with no conditions on what he can and can’t speak about.
Chair of the organising committee and NZ First MP, Pita Paraone, said even he was “surprised by the ease in which it went through”.
As it should be. I’m glad the PM refused to attend last year without speaking rights. It would have been a farce as the idea behind the day is to have conversations.