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Dunne to press ahead with NZ Day Bill

Monday, 7 February 2005

Dunne to press ahead with NZ Day Bill

United Future leader, Peter Dunne, will press ahead with his Member's Bill soon to be debated by Parliament that seeks to rename Waitangi Day as New Zealand Day and to Mondayise it.

"I note there are now claims that 'peace has broken out' at Waitangi and that the Maori Party is claiming credit for this remarkable change of attitude," said Mr Dunne.

"Setting aside the irony of celebrating the outbreak of 'peace' on our national day, I doubt that mainstream New Zealand will be reassured to hear that a lack of violence on Waitangi Day relies on the efforts of Tariana Turia, the Harawira family and the shotgun-toting Tame Iti.

"New Zealand's national day cannot depend on the occasional goodwill of activists and separatists." Mr Dunne's Bill is expect to come before Parliament in early March.


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