Waitangi Eve generally ran smoothly

As usual there is quite a bit going in at Waitangi today on the eve of the main celebrations on Waitangi Day.

A couple of controversial things,

And Don Brash’s speech got heckled and disrupted, and he cut it short. It’s a shame respect wasn’t given to expressing different views, but Brash didn’t help his cause by raising some issues that would always be seen as provocative.

RNZ: Brash continues speech at Waitangi after protestors calmed

But other than that things generally seem to have gone fairly smoothly.

All parliamentary party leaders (except David Seymour?) were able to have a say without any dramas.

I can’t find it at the moment but RNZ reported that Simon Bridges was conciliatory and Ardern welcoimed that.

12 Comments

  1. PartisanZ

     /  February 5, 2019

    Am I actually reading this … “Simon Bridges said this morning he agreed with the wider message of Don Brash’s Orewa Speech but not the “nuance” …?

    Wow! Now that is a piece of political “recalibration” if ever the fuck I saw one …

    Bye bye Bridges … Hello Crusher & The Baldheads …

    • Gezza

       /  February 5, 2019

      Actually I saw him saying that in a one second sound byte on 1ewes at 6 and thought, without anything else for context, that’s a fairly typical mealy-mouthed, weasel-worded statement. What does it mean? I agree with what he said but I would have preferred he said it with nicer words?

      • Duker

         /  February 5, 2019

        Dunne had it right the other day..
        National campaigns on the right…but governs from the centre…people should call Bridges out on his bullshit…next Bridges will be wearing MAGA caps if his ratings don’t pick up

    • Corky

       /  February 5, 2019

      The sooner the better..Baldhead.

      • PartisanZ

         /  February 5, 2019

        A sure sign National … despite their supposed support of medicinal cannabis … are strategically ‘creeping’ toward the Alt-Right in a bid to win the 2020 election …

        Bridges simply isn’t the man to deliver on Centre-Alt-Rightism … and the Deputy Dawg candidates are either literally ‘baldheads’ … like Matt Doocey … who sport the ever popular ‘corporate farmer’ shaved head … or baldheads in waiting … like Matt King …

        I can almost see the photo-op now … Matt King, newly appointed Deputy-Leader of the National Party Opposition, makes special arrangement to go ‘Bald Angels’ at the Kerikeri market this Saturday … Be there! Or be …

  2. Duker

     /  February 5, 2019

    Geddes seems to be famous for not knowing what he is talking about- he’s a very academic law professor, who’s more of a media whore.
    There’s no requirement to have committed a breach of the peace to be tresspassed

  3. Gezza

     /  February 5, 2019

    It looks like we might be evolving a tikanga that uninterrupted speeches get done on the Upper Marae; and argy bargy ones get done on Te Tii marae. So when you get an invitation, you go to Te Tii if you want to run the risk of being insulted, or to the Upper Marae if you don’t.

    • Gezza

       /  February 5, 2019

      Seems me Kelvin Davis is worthy of praise for the overall decorum & good-naturedness of this year’s official proceedings:
      … … … … …
      For the first time, politicians and dignitaries will be given earpieces to hear the translated words of their hosts during the official welcome to Waitangi next week.

      The idea was that of Māori Crown Relations Minister Kelvin Davis, who has also introduced changes to the way the powhiri on February 5 is conducted. The powhiri was until recently held at Ti Tii Marae. It was moved over concerns the event had become a “circus” and moved to Te Whare Runanga on the upper marae at the Treaty Grounds.

      “We’re trying to build on the good atmosphere that was generated last year, and the idea is to return dignity and decorum to proceedings,” Davis told the Weekend Herald. “In previous years, whoever was the government would go on and be bolstered by officials and CEs and there’d be a big jostle for position, and the Opposition was just left to fend for themselves at a later powhiri.”

      All parties had agreed to go on as one group this year for one parliamentary powhiri.

      “We’ve organised the simultaneous translation earpieces for everybody. It’s about being inclusive and I think it’s the way New Zealand needs to head, where everybody understands what everyone’s saying so we don’t talk past each other,” said Davis. “It’s a small thing but I think it means a lot to those people who in the past felt excluded. We want to celebrate New Zealand’s day, and it all started here in Waitangi.”

      National Party leader Simon Bridges will be at Waitangi with a contingent of MPs for the powhiri, the first National leader to attend since former prime minister John Key in 2015.
      Key, who had vowed to attend every year, stopped going in 2015. His successor Bill English also stayed away.

      “I think every leader has to make their own decision. For me, it’s my first opportunity as leader to do it. I’m really keen to and I’m looking forward to it,” Bridges said.

      “It’s our country’s day. The Treaty of Waitangi is so clearly part of the fabric of New Zealand and it recognises the special place of Māori in our bicultural foundations.”
      … … … …
      Ardern, who last year became the first female prime minister to speak during the powhiri, told those gathered then that they must hold her government to account. “When we return in one year, in three years, I ask you to ask us what we have done for you,” she said then. Ardern generated much goodwill during her first visit as prime minister in 2018. She was pregnant with Neve, and she spent five days in the north.

      2019 is also the first Waitangi Day since the death of Ngāpuhi elder Kingi Taurua, whose name was for many years synonymous with Waitangi Day protest. Chairman of the Waitangi National Trust Pita Tipene said Taurua’s wairua or spirit would be present. “His legacy will be with us, as will be the legacy of all of our tupuna, our ancestors from the recent past, not to mention those who signed the Te o Tiriti in 1840. In Kingi’s case, it’s real, it’s present and his voice is still ringing in our ears.”

      He said the stalled Ngāpuhi settlement would cast somewhat of a shadow over the celebrations and would be talked about on Waitangi Day.”Certainly it is a shadow, probably more than a shadow actually, and it needs to be.”It needs to be addressed. It needs to be progressed still in a manner that will meet with success and popular support from the people of Ngāpuhi. We really do need to talk about it.”

      He expected protesters. “It’s a normal thing to do and so we should hear those issues.” Tipene said he encouraged people to articulate their views but with respect. “As chairman of the Waitangi National Trust, I say he whenua rangatira. The grounds have that spiritual gravitas so the ceremonies need to be conducted in the same fashion.”

      Both Ti Tii – the lower marae, and the upper marae have events over a number of days including official events, stalls, church services and music.

      Key Waitangi events
      • February 4 – Investiture of master waka-builder Sir Hekenukumai Busby by Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy at the upper Marae

      • February 5 – Official powhiri for dignitaries at Te Whare Runanga

      • February 6 – Dawn ceremony at the upper marae, followed by arrival of waka fleet and haka at Ti Beach.
      https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12199937

  4. PartisanZ

     /  February 5, 2019

    It totally SUCKS Don Brash getting all the publicity on 5 February! The real story is Reuben Taipari and the kaumatua inviting him to peddle his worn out wares …

    How’s this for a Blue Rinse from David Fisher … It’s a Don Brash promo & press release for Grandad Heraldo …

    ‘Exclusive: Don Brash talks about his welcome at Waitangi and how hurt he feels when called racist’

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12201224

    Orrrhhhhhhhhh … Hurty feelings?

    • PartisanZ

       /  February 6, 2019

      Extraordinary … I just now watched Don Brash’s whole speech on FaceBook …

      He began by presenting his kaupapa, which was perfectly reasonable: How can Ngapuhi and Maori improve their economic position … and economics in general …

      Then he immediately diverged from his stated kaupapa. He proceeded first to insult his hosts, by expressing his ‘opinion’ on the general uselessness of their language, te reo – “tee ray oh” – and then went on a series of misguided and equally insulting tangents … most with thinly veiled insulting anecdotes …

      The crowd were surprisingly restrained … They were kind to him, relatively speaking …