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Peters says English should go to Waitangi

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 3/02/2017

Winston Peters © Fiona Goodall/Getty Images Winston Peters NZ First leader Winston Peter says Prime Minister Bill English should turn up at Waitangi on Waitangi Day while ACT leader David Seymour is pleased his idea of a "tour" has legs.

While Mr English is in Waitangi for an Iwi Chair's Forum on Friday he'll head to Auckland to celebrate Waitangi Day on Monday.

He refused to attend official celebrations because of a dispute over speaking rights that began with former prime minister John Key last year.

Mr Seymour has suggested Mr English should go to a different place each year, and Mr English says it's an idea worth investigating.

NZ First's Mr Peters, who is Northland's MP, says "Maori up here know, and Ngapuhi know, that some people in a localised sense screwed up here".

"But when people screw up the way to get past it is to resolve it, not to say I'm going to walk off," he said.

Mr English should turn up, he says.

Mr Seymour is pleased the new prime minister was open to abandoning the annual Waitangi Day event at Te Tii Marae at Waitangi in favour of taking the Treaty on tour.

"Bill English is absolutely right to say the Treaty is relevant to people across the country, not just in the far north, and that marae across the country would appreciate the chance to host the prime minister on such a historic day, Mr Seymour says.

"I'll be attending the prime minister's breakfast at Orakei Marae on Waitangi Day this year," he said.

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