Politicians will converge on Rātana Pā to meet with the church's leaders as part of the annual celebrations of Tahupōtiki Wiremu Rātana's birth, 142 years ago. This will be the first time John Key, as prime minister, will not be attending the event, whereas Labour's Andrew Little will pay his first visit as the Opposition leader.
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Annual celebrations begins today at Rātana Pā for the Māori religion with a strong political presence. Today, a renowned economist and businessman was welcomed onto the pā to voice his views.
As the Labour Party works to revitalise its alliance with the Mōrehu people, the Māori Party is more set on distancing itself from National.
Rātana's symbol of shining light shines brightly on followers now residing in Australia.