A mix of desperation at the level of protest building at Waitangi Day with the need to manufacture violence during the TPPA signing has led Key to dramatically call off going to Waitangi Day celebrations unless he gets an invite.
John Key may not attend Waitangi Day unless Ngapuhi extend official invite
Prime Minister John Key’s attendance at official Waitangi Day commemorations is in doubt as he awaits on Ngapuhi to decide whether he’s welcome at Te Tii marae.
It’s understood Key will stay away from Waitangi and instead attend celebrations in Auckland if Ngapuhi can’t agree on extending a formal invitation for him to speak at the marae.
While this should not affect his official attendance at the Waitangi Treaty grounds it’s understood he won’t go at all unless both marae are open to him.
Ngapuhi co-chairman Rudy Taylor released a statement on Tuesday saying it was Key’s duty to attend Te Tii marae and Ngapuhi would “honour its role in hosting the Government”.
“It’s high time the Government hears the voice of Ngapuhi and the only way to listen is to front up to Maori at Te Tii Marae and blocking Mr Key is not the solution”.
This is needlessly provocative and Key’s manufacturing is obvious.
The manner in which Key is driving towards conflict is alarming.