It was around about this time February last year New Zealand government And then prime minister John Key denied the public voice opposing TPPA, signing away our Māori culture, indigenous knowledge, biodiversity and opportunities for economic development because ..cheaper beef and dairy export tariffs; leading his decision not to attend Waitangi for the first time after threats of protests and riots were made as the response to the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).
So it really is no surprise NZ’s now prime minister Bill English was invited to attend with conditions that would deny speaking rights at the Powhiri come Waitangi Day.
After a number of discussions over recent months between advisors and Iwi representatives English made the decision not to attend
Increadbly disappointing. If the Prime Minister of our country can’t see a way clear to attend commemorations at Waitangi – the signing of our founding document – then you can understand why some Maori are quite cynical about the Crown’s approach to Waitangi issues. I would have thought he would have taken himself above (speaking rights) issues and been more pragmatic about things.
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