Te Kotahitanga o Ngā Hapū o Ngāpuhi says it has extended an invitation to Prime Minister, John Key to attend Waitangi celebrations at Te Tii Marae this Friday.
According to the Co-Chairman of Te Kotahitanga, Rudy Taylor says it’s high time the government hears the voice of Ngāpuhi and the only way to listen is to front up to Māori at Te Tii Marae and blocking Mr Key is not the solution.
Last month Te Tii Marae spokesperson Kingi Taurua said Key may not be welcome at Te Tii if the signing of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement went ahead on the 4th of February.
Te Tii representatives are meeting this morning to discuss the issue.
Taylor says “I will be speaking at today’s meeting of Northland iwi leaders to tell them why we need to have the Prime Minister attend Te Tii marae on Friday.
“Ngāpuhi must uphold our mana and anybody who is waiting at the front of the gates should not be stopped from coming onto our marae.,” he said.
“Regardless of the issues of the day, Waitangi Day is Ngāpuhi’s opportunity to tell the government how we feel.”
“There will be a strong voice of the people coming from the taumata korero (speaker’s bench) of why we vehemently oppose the TPP.”
According to Te Kāea reporter Dean Nathan who is at the meeting at Te Tii Marae, a final decision on behalf of all representatives present has not been made.
He says discussions regarding the issue are underway at the moment and are expected to continue throughout the day.