Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search

 

Clark's Waitangi Visit Announced Today

Clark's Waitangi Decision Annnounced today

Prime Minister Helen Clark said she would decide today whether she would attend Treaty of Waitangi commemorations at the Waitangi marae in Northland after a hui at the weekend failed to sort out a row over women’s speaking rights.

Speaking to on the Kim Hill show this morning Mrs Clark said that she was not concerned about the issue and the deciding where to attend was not difficult – she rated it a one out of a possible ten in difficulty.

Previously elders had agreed to suspend the marae protocol that forbids women to speak during the formal proceedings. However at a hui at the Northland marae over the weekend Ngapuhi leaders said they could not guarantee the Prime Minister’s safety.

Activist Titewhai Harawira has threatened elders that she would disrupt the gathering if Clark were allowed to speak, saying it was hypocritical for tribal protocol to change for a Pakeha woman but not for Maori.

Speaking to the Dominion National’s shadow spokesperson for Cultural Affairs Marie Hasler said she agreed with Ms Harawira’s stance and that it would be “ethically wrong and insulting to Maori women” to allow Mrs Clark an exception to speak on the marae.

Last year at the Waitangi celebrations Ms Harawira reduced Prime Minister Clark to tears after repeatedly interrupting her when she attempted to speak at the marae.

Helen Clark has also had offers to speak at a Ngai Tahu celebrations at Akaroa and said she would consider this if the Northland tribe could not work out its protocol.



© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

News Deserts: The Death March Of Local Journalism

Joseph Cederwall: The corporate media sector seems unable to do anything to halt the raging dumpster fire of consolidation, layoffs and centralisation of content production. All this means we are increasingly seeing ‘news deserts’ appearing in local communities. Illustration by Paul Sahre. More>>

ALSO:

Joseph Cederwall: Journalism Has A Problem - It’s Called Capitalism!

To the extent that solutions exist, they must be solutions that allow journalism to move outside of the broken system that has caused this situation. For this reason, a resurgence in more engaged and community focused local journalism offers hope for a way out of this situation. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Why Justin Trudeau's Fate Matters To NZ

The scandal now engulfing Justin Trudeau and his Liberal Party is the kind of train wreck that confirms the public's worst feelings about politicians and their back-room dealings. More>>

Joseph Cederwall: Venezuela; Oil, Neoliberalism And White Supremacy

Venezuela has been suffering a slow-burn, yet devastating internal insurgency and economic war since the optimistic beginnings of the ‘Bolivarian’ socialist revolution in 1998. More>>

ALSO:

Ramzy Baroud: What Price Netanyahu’s Victory

It is quite typical for Israeli politicians to carry out confrontational measures against Palestinians shortly before general elections are due. The nature of these measures is determined by the kind of political constituency that Israeli leaders aim to appease. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog