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'Prepare for interesting scenes': Government braced for first Waitangi event

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Sun, 4 Feb 2024, 11:54AM
Prime Minister Christopher Luxon during his speech at Rātana Pā, 24 January, 2024. Photo / Mark Mitchell
Prime Minister Christopher Luxon during his speech at Rātana Pā, 24 January, 2024. Photo / Mark Mitchell

'Prepare for interesting scenes': Government braced for first Waitangi event

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Sun, 4 Feb 2024, 11:54AM

The tension in the air at Waitangi is palpable, as people wait to see how the Government and iwi leaders will mix.

Opposition MPs were welcomed yesterday and Labour did not hold back, suggesting the Government was a den of lions - and advocating for Māori rights in speeches.

The Government will be welcomed to Waitangi on Tuesday, with thousands of visitors expected.

Herald Political Reporter Adam Pearse is there, and says the next few days will bring some 'interesting scenes.'

"And we will see and hear, I can imagine, some pretty strong speeches from iwi leaders about where the Government's taking Māori issues." 

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