Interesting call from English. PM Bill English won’t attend Waitangi Day commemorations –
Prime Minister Bill English will spend Waitangi Day in Auckland, which means for a second year in a row the country’s leader won’t attend commemorations.
“After the issues surrounding the previous Prime Minister’s attendance at Te Tii Marae last year, my office sought clarification from marae kaumatua that I would be welcomed and able speak about issues of importance to New Zealand, as is tradition.
“However, my office was advised I could attend the powhiri but not speak – conditions which are not acceptable to me.
I don’t think it does a PM any harm to shut up and listen for a change instead of talking, but this does not seem to be possible for the Nats.
Update: (MS) What refusal to speak?