Government visit to marae in balance

By Mikaela Collins

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key arriving at Te Tii Marae in February last year.
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key arriving at Te Tii Marae in February last year.

To allow the Government on to the Te Tii Marae, or to not allow the Government on to Te Tii Marae?

The question will be answered at a hui on Tuesday.

The meeting was called after Ngapuhi elder Kingi Taurua said he would consider blocking the Government from Te Tii Marae on Waitangi Day in protest to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) signing which will take place in New Zealand on February 4.

Mr Taurua said some people felt opening the doors to the Government would provide a good opportunity for them to talk about the TPP.

"People have called to tell me what they think. Some say they want the Government to come on to the marae so they can talk about the TPP and others have called me saying they want to block them from the marae. So there are conflicting views, so hopefully on February 2, we will have a decision."

Mr Taurua said he did not understand why people wanted the Government to come on to Te Tii Marae but it was important to hear everyone's views.

The hui on February 2, will take place at Te Tii Marae at 10am.

- Northern Advocate

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