Wai­tangi snub

The New Zealand Herald - - NEWS -

Na­tional leader Bill English says he won’t be re­turn­ing to Wai­tangi on Wai­tangi Day if he is re-elected Prime Min­is­ter — un­less changes are made. “As I in­di­cated last year, af­ter I be­came Prime Min­is­ter, it was my view that Wai­tangi Day did not rep­re­sent well the his­tory of part­ner­ship be­tween Maori and Pakeha in New Zealand,” he said while cam­paign­ing in Botany Downs yes­ter­day. English said that be­fore he re­turned to the Wai­tangi Treaty Grounds, the hosts at Te Tii Marae needed to demon­strate they could run an event “wor­thy of the achieve­ments of this coun­try with re­spect to the Treaty of Wai­tangi”. English de­clined an in­vi­ta­tion to at­tend an event on the Wai­tangi Treaty Grounds this year be­cause the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee told him he would not be al­lowed to speak.

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