Good on ya Bill, I wouldn’t go either

After decades of insults it is little wonder that politicians don’t want to go to Waitangi any longer.

Earlier this year Bill English refused to go, and now he says he is unlikely to ever go again.

Bill English says he’s unlikely to return to Waitangi for Waitangi Day if National is re-elected.

In February, Mr English spent the day at Bastion Point in Orakei, rather than heading to Waitangi as is traditional for the prime minister.

He said at the time Waitangi had become a hotbed of division and political protest, which didn’t reflect the progress made in the relationship between Māori and the Crown.

Mr English said if re-elected, he would probably stick to that view.

“It was my view that Waitangi Day did not represent the history or partnership between Māori and Pākehā in New Zealand, if I’m elected as prime minister it’s unlikely we’d go back to Waitangi next year.”

Mr English said rather than finding another permanent place to head to, he’d consider going to different commemorations each year.

Good, for those needing another reason to vote for National this is as good a reason as any.

 

-RadioNZ

 


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