King Tuheitia

Andrew Little wants the Maori King to STFU

Andrew Little is going all in against Maori as he seeks to shore up support in Maori seats.

I’m not sure it is a good idea though to tell the Maori King to shut up and behave like a good little native boy.

The Maori King is “abusing his office” by nailing his colours to the Maori Party mast, says Labour leader Andrew Little.

Oh, so it is ok for Labour to “own” Maori politics, but the King should shut up and stay out of politics?    Read more »

Finlayson tells King of Huntly to naff off

Chris Finlayson has told the former truck driver and King of Huntly to naff off over his ridiculous idea that Tainui can claim Auckland under the Treaty of Waitangi.

Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson has one message for Waikato-Tainui if it wants to begin negotiating a claim over parts of Auckland – get a mandate and specify your claims.

He said he had given Tukoroirangi Morgan the same message about five times in the past.

“He nods and then nothing happens,” Mr Finlayson told the Herald.

“Mandates don’t last forever.”    Read more »

Maori “King of Huntly” told to naff off by Ngapuhi, they reckon Auckland is “theirs”

Ngapuhi…who, I might point out, controlled Auckland by conquest, have told Tainui to bugger off.

Ngapuhi leader David Rankin said Friday’s announcement that Maori King Tuheitia will lay claim to Auckland, is a “bit cheeky”.

He told more than 500 people gathered at Turangawaewae Marae in Ngaruawahia, including Prime Minister John Key, he was determined to see the claim through.

“It must be done,” Tuheitia said on Friday. “I am determined to do it with the start of the Kingitanga claim in Tamaki.”

The claim extends north to Mahurangi, down the Firth of Thames and across to the Manukau Harbour and to Piha.    Read more »

The Maori King wants all of Auckland. Don’t laugh, he may be onto something

The poor old truck driver from Ngāruawāhia has decided he wants all of Auckland.

The Maori King has laid out a bold wish, after revealing a Treaty claim for the entire Auckland region.

King Tuheitia explained the plan to 500 people gathered at Turangawaewae Marae, including Prime Minister John Key.

The Kingitanga claim covers a huge area from Warkworth all the way down to the Hauraki Plains.

King Tuheitia says he’s already started talks with Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson over his historical grievance.

A spokesman for the iwi, Tukuroirangi Morgan, told reporters they wanted to resolve the issues within a year.    Read more »

“…not some carnival act to be rolled out at the beck and call of anyone”

The Guardian writes a piece titled “Why New Zealand’s Maori King Tuheitia refuses to meet British royals”.

It is worth a read:

Name: King Tuheitia.

Age: 58.

Appearance: Itinerant weightlifting coach.

Is that his real job? No.

What is? Being New Zealand’s Maori king.

Sounds important. Kind of. He has no executive power and, in purely numerical terms, being Maori king is a bit like being lord mayor of Nottingham, only your subjects have fewer tattoos.

I see. He did have a very important visit coming up next month, though. Prince William and his wife were coming to see him in New Zealand with their new son, Prince George.

A visit from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would be an honour even for the mayor of Birmingham! But why “did have” and “were”?Because he turned them down.

He what? He turned them down. Apparently he wasn’t happy with the 90-minute slot that had been allocated to him.

Oh well, that makes sense. New parents are the dullest people ever. I don’t think I could stomach an hour and a half of: “The reflux seems to be settling down now …” Actually, King Tuheitia wanted more time, not less.   Read more »