For as long as I can remember mayhem on the TiTi (Lower) Marae at Waitangi has featured as the lead item on the TV news on Waitangi Day. The reality is that the disfunctional Marae leadership have abrogated their host responsibilities and Marae protocol to the point where the Prime Minister has said enough is enough ... you want me to respect the mana of the Marae but in turn you refuse to respect the dignity of my office by refusing me the right to speak at the powhiri welcoming me onto the Marae. That is a studied insult. Bill English has made the right decision.
Kingi Tauroa is the chief lunatic in charge of the asylum. He plays to the cameras. He enjoys his moment in the sun. But the reality is that the TiTi Marae has no special place in our history. The action was all on Treaty Grounds. TiTi Marae came later and if individual Maori wish to protest at the Marae then fine, but the Prime Minister is right to call time out on his attendance there. I would go one step further and pull any official recognition afforded the TiTi Marae. You earn respect; the Marae, by its own actions, has forfeited any respect due.
Talking to a Maori mate of mine over a beer at Jimmy Jack's Rib Shack in Paihia this afternoon after the story broke. He rolled his eyes ... "Kingi doing his thing ... doesn't speak for me, never has". The voice of embarrassed Maoridom. Take that over KT and his bunch of kaumatua misfits any day.