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Hui will discuss Waitangi Day arrangements

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 29/09/2016

A hui has been called to discuss arrangements for next year's Waitangi Day following the chaos around the event in February.

Prime Minister John Key decided not to go after a gathering of Ngapuhi voted to ban him and then said he could visit Te Tii Marae so long as he didn't talk about the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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

Pita Paraone, a member of the Waitangi Day organising committee, has called the hui for Friday, the Northern Advocate reports.

"I'm quite happy to see it remain at Te Tii but there has to be an assurance that we don't see a repeat of the shenanigans we saw this year," he said.

It's been suggested the pre-Waitangi Day powhiri for political leaders could be moved to the upper marae but Mr Paraone says that's not the answer.

"We in Northland need to sit down and work out what is the purpose of the powhiri."

Mr Paraone expects about 50 people to attend the hui at Te Tii Marae.

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