Hone Harawira reminds Bill English to know his place

“The Prime Minister should always attend Treaty commemorations at Waitangi, and just like in 1840, that means accepting the good with the bad” said MANA Leader Hone Harawira.

“The Treaty of Waitangi is called that for the simple reason that it was signed at Waitangi, on the 6th of February 1840”

“The Treaty is known as the ‘cornerstone of our constitution’ and Waitangi is called the ‘birthplace of the nation’ for very good reason. Waitangi is where the chiefs gathered to discuss the Treaty, to hear the arguments of others and eventually to sign the document we now know as the Treaty of Waitangi, on 6 Feb 1840”

“And when somebody wants to run the country, then they have an obligation once a year, to honour the commemoration of the signing of the Treaty by turning up to Waitangi, being welcomed onto the marae and expressing their views”

“If Bill English wants to commemorate the signing of the Treaty by going somewhere else, fine – here’s a list of the 50 other places around the country where it was signed so there’s plenty of opportunity for him to do it elsewhere, on those dates.

“But on the 5th and 6th of February every year, it is appropriate that the Prime Minister attend the Treaty commemorations at Waitangi”

Hone is calling Bill to come and kiss his proverbial feet.

He does have a point.  There are some obligations that befall the prime minister that come with the role.

But then the people at Waitangi need to reciprocate that ceremonial tradition by showing the position of prime minister suitable respect.

No matter how much I think Bill English is not the right guy for the job, until he gets treated properly by those idiots at Te Tii, I will continue to back his decision to tell the children up north to play with themselves.


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