What should happen at Waitangi

Written By: - Date published: 12:15 pm, January 23rd, 2018 - 6 comments
Categories: Deep stuff, democratic participation, jacinda ardern, labour, Media, Politics - Tags: ,

A female Prime Minister speaks at Waitangi and it feels surprisingly normal.

No one loses their shit during the speeches.

The only crime is sunburn.

The media show examples of the wars of the 1860s and their impact, just like they have for World War One.

Northern Maori determine by themselves the right negotiating structure for their Treaty of Waitangi historical claims, even if it takes longer.

Citizens, locals, and tourists marvel at the waka and at the delicacy and complexity of the Maori culture on display at the Waitangi grounds.

Symbols framed by Maori for the news abound, and their impact resonates for a while.

People speaking at the marae try out the limit of their Maori, stumble, but are encouraged and continue anyway.

The government as a whole is profoundly affected by the experience and says so.

Maori at Waitangi do the same.

People are pleasantly surprised by the level of agreement.

New Zealand permanently lifts its head about Waitangi.

She brings her baby next time.

6 comments on “What should happen at Waitangi”

  1. You_Fool 1

    It would be nice…

    My feeling is more like the following:

    NZ media can’t decide if they should be fawning over Jacinda, degenerating the Maori-ness of the whole event, going into overdrive about whether the stress is too much for Jacinda given her “state”

    Ignorant NZers will flood facebook comments complaining that Waitangi day is too political, or too focused on Waitangi and the Maori’s and not about all NZ and that we need a new New Zealand Day

    National will complain about the smallest thing, or try and cause a commotion with some sort of fake outrage or compassion about some fictional slight they make up, the Media will reprint it without any critical thought on it

    Meanwhile people at Waitangi will have a great time as they always have, but none of that will make it onto the news

  2. JanM 2

    That sounds wonderful, Advantage – wouldn’t that be cool? A grown-up country to be proud of

  3. eco maori 3

    Excellent post advantage that is exactly how I envision Waitangi to go down this year with the new Government and Prime minister Jacinda there to charm the Maori people. Labour are delivering good policies for all the common people not just Maori are benefitting from their policies .
    I heard that the Maori king is getting behind Labour this make me smile because it what is good for the people that counts in my book all the people of New Zealand .
    That is the goal that I would aim for as that goal is what will keep a left government in power for decades . Ka pai Ka kite ano

  4. veutoviper 4

    AND instead of the usual post dawn church service being followed by an elitist ‘by invitation only’ breakfast at the Copthorne Hotel for business and civic leaders, the PM has said that this year the Government will be hosting a BBQ on the Treaty grounds for everyone there – with Cabinet Ministers doing the cooking!

    Did they expect this when they took on their Ministerial duties? LOL

    Reported by RNZ National on their 1pm News bulletin at 1.25 – 2.00 min.


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