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'Good luck' for Te Tii payment dispute: PM

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 3/02/2017

Prime Minister Bill English has jokingly wished the media luck in a dispute with Te Tii Marae after organisations were asked to pay to film Waitangi Day celebrations on the marae this year.

A number of media companies were offered exclusive rights to a $10,000 package to broadcast events this weekend.

A cheaper $1200 package would provide a designated place for media during the powhiri.

But it's understood nobody accepted the offers, leaving questions around whether media will be able to visit the marae to cover the events at all

"I'll let the media sort out their arguments with Te Tii Marae. We've had ours with them over the years so good luck," Mr English said in Waitangi on Friday after meeting with iwi leaders from across New Zealand.

Mr English won't be attending Waitangi Day celebrations at the marae because of his own dispute over speaking rights, the continuation of an issue that saw his predecessor John Key not attend last year.

He will instead attend a series of events in Auckland on Monday.

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