August 17, 2016
Politicians pitch wares at Koroneihana
It’s a big day in Ngaruawahia as tribes from around the country converge on Turangawaewae Marae for the Koroneihana Hui, marking the 10th year of King Tuheitia’s reign.
While a lot of the business of the day is people sharing the kawe mate or memory of those who have died in the course of the year, it’s also a chance to discuss current issues.
Kingitanga spokesperson Rahui Papa says the concentration of Maori brings out the politicians.
"Political parties do come and they push their barrows and they want the audiences of te ao Maori but it's also a great opportunity for te ao Maori to put what are the main and salient points within te ao Maori at their feet so they have to pick up the manuka if they want te ao Maori support," he says.
Among those to be welcomed today will be Deputy Prime Minister Bill English and Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry who will take part in tomorrow’s return of the Rangiriri battle site to Waikato Tainui.
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