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Another hui to discuss Waitangi Day

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 3/10/2016

Waitangi Day's Maori organisers could decide by the end of the month whether Prime Minister John Key will be welcomed on to Te Tii Marae in February.

He decided not to go to in February this year after a gathering of Ngapuhi voted to ban him, and then said he could visit the marae so long as he didn't talk about the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

"I won't go to Waitangi with a gagging order on me," Mr Key said at the time.

Organising committee member Pita Paraone called a hui last Friday in an attempt to avoid a repetition of the chaos around this year's event.

He says it was decided more people from the North should be part of the discussion and there will be another hui on October 29.

"I certainly hope we will get a clear understanding from the people of the marae, and if there is still some doubt then a plan needs to be put in place to have an alternative venue to welcome the prime minister to Waitangi," he told RNZ.

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