It was clear to see Titewhai Harawira's response to a plea from some Ngāpuhi kaumātua for her to stand aside in guiding dignitaries onto Te Tii Marae during Waitangi.
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Māori Party co-leader, Tariana Turia, won't be attending the pōwhiri at Te Tii Marae this year, saying the last time she attended with the Labour Party, she and her collegues were physically pushed around.
As Waitangi Day steadily approaches a spat has broken out between Titewhai Harawira and the elders of Te Tii Marae who say it’s time for her to relinquish her role as the Prime Minister's escort. However the self proclaimed matriarch says she won’t be wasting time on the spat as there is a far more important issue to advocate.