5 Feb 2021

Speaking rights in the spotlight at Waitangi

From Morning Report, 7:25 am on 5 February 2021

After years of controversy, speaking for rights for women political leaders on marae may change at Waitangi next year.

Allowance for Jacinda Ardern to deliver a speech from the mahau, or porch, was made for her first appearance at Waitangi in 2018.

Other women leaders haven't been given the same treatment.

Now National says it's received a commitment from Ngāpuhi all women leaders will be able to speak during the powhiri next year.

Political editor Jane Patterson has more.