The Government should regard this as a blessing in the same way it has been relieved of the need to listen to tribal elders with inflated egos at Waitangi.
Piripi Davis, chairman of the tribe's Orakei trust board, said its "strong opposition" to the TPP meant it would not participate in welcoming ceremonies when ministers from the 12 TPP countries gather in Auckland for the signing.
A spokeswoman said the iwi had not yet been asked if it would take part in the powhiri, but in the past it had done so for visiting dignitaries as it had mana whenua status in central Auckland.
It was letting the Government know ahead of time that it would not take part.
Of even greater disrespect for other people’s cultures is the interspersing of these rants with Christian prayers. Being forced into being an unwitting participant into someone else’s religious zealotry is the antithesis of religious freedom.
These naughty, disrespectful Ngatis need to clean up their act if they want to be part of traditional ceremonies greeting peoples of many religions and cultures. We have a secular society for good reason. It is only by keeping religion out of politics that religious freedom can flourish as the founding fathers, themselves highly religious folk, recognised when establishing the American Constitution.
Welcoming people onto a marae in the traditional way is one thing. It is a ‘when in Rome’ act people can understand and choose to engage with, but treating New Zealand as if it was one big marae is quite another kettle of fish. Abusing the cultures and religious beliefs of guests is a stain on New Zealand’s international reputation for equality and fairness.
The government should welcome Ngati Whatua’s fatuous foot stamping. It will relieve them of the interminable boredom of a tribal welcome. John Key has refused to play the silly games of Ngapuhi elders at Waitangi ceremonials. He should treat the Ngati Fatuous childishness in the same manner.