This post may well bring a torrent of criticism from Maoridom (and others) but, am I the only one who sees it as somewhat incongruous that each year the heads of political parties should line up to bow and scrape at Ratana Pa in order to curry favour with that 'movement'.
By any definition the Ratana Church is a cult in much the same way as Bishop Brian Tamaki's Destiny Church. Ratana preached that his way was 'the' way. Tamaki , same same. What's the difference?
Do we see 'our; leaders line up to do homage to the Anglican, Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist etc etc faithful ... no way, and if they did there would be an outcry pointing to the need for separation of Church and State.
In all those Churches mentioned there will be represented supporters of each and every political party. That is to be expected.
So why is it deemed necessary to pay unseemly homage to a Church whose adherents are a minority in Maoridom and, by my count, has just two MPs adherents in Parliament?
Time for Key, Shearer, Norman/Turei, Peters, et al to back off.