This morning – John Key denies breaking Waitangi promise
Prime Minister John Key denies he broke a long-standing promise by not attending events in Waitangi this year.
Deny it all you like John.
When he was Leader of the Opposition, Mr Key said that he would go to Waitangi every year if he became Prime Minister.
He made the commitment in 2007 after Helen Clark stopped going to annual commemorations at Te Tii Marae.
Mr Key told Radio New Zealand this morning he did not think he had gone against this commitment by staying away this year.
Of course he went against his commitment.
“Under conditions where there is equity and fairness, you wouldn’t go there if you can’t speak,” he said.
Explain it all you like – and the appeal to “equity and fairness” is particularly hypocritical coming from you – but a broken promise is still a broken promise.