5 Feb 2024

Waitangi: Coalition faces chants of 'e noho,' booing and waiata

From Checkpoint, 5:07 pm on 5 February 2024

The Coalition came face-to-face with its opponents in Maoridom today, in a spectacular clash of world views , with neither side budging.

The Government was welcomed to the Treaty Grounds with a powhiri, but the welcome came with a warning, don't touch Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Boos and jeers were aimed at Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters, who was told "e noho" - or sit down.

ACT leader David Seymour also faced fury from protesters, who sang over him while he spoke on the marae.

Deputy Political Editor Craig McCulloch reports.