Flanked by security guards and fellow National Party members the Prime Minister was welcomed with an impressive pōhiri at Te Tii Marae.
Regardless of speculation and claims there would be a confrontation at the gate this morning, the event was relatively peaceful with a few protestors expressing their anger about a number of Government decisions.
However it is expected that Kaumātua will question John Key’s dismissal of the Waitangi Tribunal decision which found that Ngāpuhi never ceded sovereignty when they signed the Treaty.
Other Political parties will be welcomed onto Te Tii later today and the hikoi, protesting against Statoil is expected to arrive at Te Tii Marae around midday.
Later this afternoon a Waka Display will take place at Hobson’s beach and a number of other events have been organised for those attending celebrations.
Te Kāea reporters will have all the details on events as they unfold today and the online team will be providing updates throughout the day at maoritelevision.com.