Ideally the Prime Minister should be alert of agitated parties outside his won entourage, but as he was called onto Te Tii Marae it was those at his side who were causing a scene.
Shoving ensued upon entering the house.
The Māori Council and locals opened up discussions. However John Key’s words were anything but calm and he honed in on those causing the commotion.
He claimed he was open to having sensible discussions with people holding differing opinions to the Government, however he would not pay any attention to people who pushed and bully their way around.
Tomorrow’s morning prayers will hopefully set a more peaceful scene for Waitangi Day and regardless of events that took place during his welcome, John Key says he will be returning next year.