November 08, 2023
Treaty referendum to trigger protest
Greens co-leader Marama Davidson says Māori will mobilise if National agrees to ACT’s referendum on the Treaty of Waitangi.
ACT leader David Seymour says the referendum asking New Zealanders to support his interpretation of treaty principles – not what the Waitangi Tribunal and the highest courts in the land have found – is a bottom line in coalition talks.
Ms Davidson says what she’s hearing from Māori in the streets is they will draw on their own history to fight it.
“Māori have the leadership in civil disobedience and non-violent peaceful active resistance, We’ve got Parihaka. We’ve got Takaparawhau. We’ve got Ihumatao. We’ve got foreshore seabed. We’ve got Whina Cooper, So absolutely we will rise, just try to come for it,” she says.