7 Feb 2011

Breach of protocol perceived at marae

6:54 am on 7 February 2011

Te Tii marae chair Kingi Taurua is angry that a National Party group led by Prime Minister John Key, broke off its welcome to the lower Waitangi marae on Saturday.

Waatea News reports the group left after Mr Taurua proposed a short question and answer session between the speeches and the hariru, when the two groups hongi.

Mr Tauroa says a powhiri is not over until the manuhiri, or visitors, join the hosts for a cup of tea but that did not happen either.

"They didn't even bother about the protocol," he said.

Mr Tauroa says dignitaries in the past have stayed on for kai even when have been given tough questions.