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Key welcomed back to Waitangi

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 20/11/2016
Prime Minister John Key © Getty Prime Minister John Key

Ngapuhi elders have unanimously voted to allow Prime Minister John Key to attend and speak freely at Waitangi next February.

Organiser and NZ First MP Pita Paraone said official invitations will be extended to Mr Key in writing after a decision was made over the weekend.

"Kingi Taurua, who issued the edict for this year's Waitangi, was in attendance and it was he who moved the motion," Mr Paraone said on Monday.

Mr Key did not attend this year after a gathering of Ngapuhi voted to ban him, then said he could visit Te Tii Marae if he didn't talk about the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Earlier this month he said he had minimum expectations he wanted to be met before he would attend next year, including around safety and equal capacity to speak on issues.

Mr Paraone said in organising the event he always hoped whoever the Prime Minister was that they would attend, and all involved had taken the time to make sure that was possible next year.

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