5 Feb 2015

Mana whenua at Waitangi prepare for manuhiri

10:07 am on 5 February 2015

The mana whenua will soon be holding the annual series of powhiri for politicians, in the lead up to Waitangi Day.

Other festivities would also be happening throughout the day.

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An anti-mining hikoi, which has travelled from Te Rerenga Wairua, was expected to meet the Prime Minister and other politicians this morning as they were welcomed onto Te Tii marae.

The march was protesting against the Statoil oil exploration in the Reinga Basin - the same reason a hikoi was held last Waitangi.

Following the formalities, John Key would meet with the Iwi Leaders Forum to whakawhiti korero or talk about what was on the tribes' agendas.

Both housing and the Ngapuhi settlement were likely to be on the table.

The Maori Council would also be holding panel discussions at the Taurangatira Tent on Maori representation, Maori Wardens and the Reo Maori policy.

The Navy would hold a ceremonial sunset at the Treaty Grounds flagpole as the flag was lowered this evening.