PM’s Waitangi Day attendance should become a nationwide tour

ACT Leader David Seymour says the Prime Minister’s decision to attend a Ngāti Whātua event in Auckland on Waitangi Day should mark the beginning of a Waitangi tour.

“The Treaty wasn’t just signed in Waitangi. It was taken on tour and signed by chiefs across the country,” says Mr Seymour.

“Bill English’s attendance of the Auckland event should mark the beginning of a tour across the country. The Prime Minister could celebrate Waitangi Day at a different marae each year, based on the different signing sites from 1840.

PM should take Waitangi Day ceremonies on tour

Te Tii Marae’s continued failure to respectfully host the Government on Waitangi Day should prompt the Prime Minister to visit a different marae each year, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“The behaviour of a small group of perpetually-grumpy activists has turned Waitangi Day into an annual political circus, denying Kiwis a national day we can all enjoy,” says Mr Seymour.

Minister helpless in breaking Mt Eden promise

The Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Settlements’ promise that there would be no change in public access to Mt Eden has proven worthless, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Minister Finlayson’s statement last July was clear – ‘there will be no change in public access to the maunga’.