Auckland iwi refuse to perform TPP powhiri - report

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The Government is having problems finding a Maori group prepared to perform a powhiri for the formal signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership fair trade agreement.

Opponents of the deal say the lengthy documents hold no surprises.

Source: 1 NEWS

Maori leaders have complained about a lack of consultation during the negotiations and five Auckland iwi are reported to have refused to take part of the welcoming ceremony for trade ministers from the 12 TPP countries.

Several kapa haka groups have also turned down invitations, but Radio NZ reports two have indicated they're prepared to perform the powhiri.

However, there could be difficulties with that because Auckland iwi say they're the only ones with the right to do it.

Some activists have said they'll protest at this weekend's Waitangi Day celebrations and oppose Prime Minister John Key's attendance.

He says he will be there unless the invitation is withdrawn. 


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