So Kingi Taurua now sez the letter, sent over his signature, to the Prime Minister making it clear that he was to be denied speaking rights at the Powhiri welcoming him onto the Te Tii Marae at Waitangi didn't say what he thought it said and he's sorry about that ... ROFL.
Don't back down Prime Minister. Don't go. Never go. The Marae has no mana. The lunatics that run the place have seen to that. John Armstrong (bless his cotton pickin sox) has summed up the situation perfectly here
Updated further ... KT now claims the letter sent over his signature was authored by certain 'Young Turks' on the Marae committee. Ipso facto ... not his fault. Clearly if we were believe that (and I don't) Taurua doesn't subscribe to the HST dictum ... the buck stops here. I see that David Rankin, respected Ngapuhi elder, has disowned KT and his mob and endorsed the decision of the PM not to turn up. Hurrah for common sense.