respects organisers' wishes
The Prime Minister will no longer speak at Waitangi commemorations after the organising trust moved the political leaders to a panel away from the main event
The Waitangi National Trust wrote to political parties last month saying they didn’t want political leaders to speak at the pōwhiri held on the eve of Waitangi Day, and the Prime Minister has agreed to respect the trust’s wishes.
It comes after Te Tai Tokerau MP and Labour deputy leader Kelvin Davis told Newsroom on Friday that it wasn’t for the trust to decide who spoke on behalf of manuhiri (guests to the marae) and Chris Hipkins would speak as planned.
Link to video and article: PM won't speak at Waitangi, respects organisers' wishes (msn.com)