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PM likely to return to Waitangi

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 28/11/2016

It's "most likely" that Prime Minister John Key will return to Waitangi at Te Tii Marae next February after Ngapuhi elders unanimously voted to allow him back.

Organiser and NZ First MP Pita Paraone confirmed last week that Mr Key would be welcomed back with full speaking righs a year after he refused to attend.

Mr Key was initially banned from this year's event by Ngapuhi elders, who later said he could visit Te Tii Marae if he didn't talk about the Trans-Pacfic Partnership but he chose not to attend under those conditions.

"We haven't had a full discussion in my office but that's most likely to be the case that we'd go back," Mr Key said of the invitation on Monday.

Earlier this month he revealed he had minimum expectations he wanted met before he would agree to attend next year.

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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