As many in New Zealand continue to back Bill English, an elder at Ngapuhi has apologised for comments where he called the Prime Minister “a spoiled child”.
Kingi Taurua says he is ashamed of how his iwi have treated Bill English, and he has vowed to take it all back. The Ngapuhi elder now has egg on his face, but the damage is done. English is still in Europe on PM duties,
Letters that leaked yesterday reveal that English was told that the only way he could speak at Waitangi was if a Maori Representative did so on his behalf. In a tent outside the Marae, political discussions would’ve been able to take place, and English was only allowed to speak freely there.
What was laughingly referred to as protocol, has now led to an apology from Taurua. The committee at Ngapuhi are likely to be stripped of their roles as many New Zealanders support English, and Taurua even went as far as saying that some supporters are “against the National Party”.
No other political party has been told they can’t speak at the powhiri, but did the media keep their knowledge of the letters between the two parties hidden? Some argue that Taurua wouldn’t have made such comments if was aware of the letters, but all along, the committee itself also knew of the discussions in the letters.
Ngapuhi will meet on Thursday and go into damage control.