The sovereignty of Ngāpuhi, te reo Māori and the possibility of sending New Zealand troops to Iraq were all issues raised with the Prime Minister in the whare of Te Tiriti o Waitangi today.
Te Kāea was granted access to film inside the whare while the Prime Minister and his entourage were inside.
Kaumatua and speakers for Te Tii expressed their frustration over the Prime Minister’s less than enthusiastic reaction to the Waitangi Tribunal decision which found Ngāpuhi did not cede their sovereignty when signing the Treaty of Waitangi.
Speakers inside the whare were also adamant that New Zealand should not send troops to Iraq or get involved in international conflict with Isis.
Concern for Te Reo Māori and whether or not the National Government was doing it justice was also a major topic of discussion.
While heckled by a few protestors outside, the Prime Minister responded to the kōrero and concerns raised.
He told those gathered in the whare that the issue of Human Rights and behaviour of Isis was an issue that he as a leader of a country could not ignore, he also told those in the whare that the sovereignty of Ngāpuhi was not something the nation should be focused on at this point in time. He said the focus should instead be on ensuring a better future for the children of the nation.
Maiki Sherman will have more of the kōrero from inside the whare tonight at 5:30 and 7pm with subtitles.