Te Tii Marae off Waitangi welcoming duties

Te Tii Marae will be informed this morning they will no longer host official welcomes preceding Waitangi Day celebrations.

Newshub:  Te Tii Marae will no longer host Waitangi welcomes

A meeting will be held at Te Tii Marae this morning where trustees will be informed they will no longer host official welcome ceremonies for dignitaries and Members of Parliament.

Chairman of the Waitangi National Trust, Pita Paraone, says those ceremonies will instead be held at Te Whare Rūnanga, the upper marae at the Treaty grounds.

“I think there will be some resistance… so I just wanted to have the opportunity of speaking to them face to face,” he said.

Mr Paraone says although he received repeated requests in recent years to move the celebrations up to the Treaty grounds, the latest problems were the last straw.

“I’ve been reluctant to act on that request, but I think this year has brought it to the conclusion that we perhaps need to move the powhiri away from Te Tii Marae and allow them to just settle down and reflect on the consequences of what they chose to do this year.”

“People had respect for both our visitors and our taumata (elders) ,” Mr Paraone said. “Unfortunately that’s been lost over recent years and people have tended to forget what is the real intention of welcoming visitors. They seem to have forgotten that concept.”

Mr Paraone believes moving the ceremonies away from Te Tii Marae is the appropriate decision for the time being.

It had become an attention seeking farce, with no sign of any serious or effective effort to sort it out, so this change isn’t surprising.

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3 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  June 9, 2017

    Good. For everybody. Hopefully. Waitangi is important to me, as is the treaty. Whatever is issues there are with it, I want to see them discussed with the respect that negotiators on both sides should show each other, with fairness & reason, without rancour, by both parties, all the time. I was born here. I love this country & its peoples. I want to be able to celebrate it on Waitangi Day & not feel hurt by haters on both sides who can’t or won’t be understanding & respectful of each other’s roles & histories.

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  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  June 9, 2017

    High time. The troublemakers have had their day.

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