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Hardly a politician in sight as annual Rātana Pā gathering kicks off in Whanganui

The annual gathering which traditionally signals the start of the political year is being held, with hardly a politician in sight.

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The event usually marks the start of the political year, but things are different this year. Source: 1 NEWS

The Prime Minister and MPs without a connection to Rātana Pā weren't invited to the celebrations near Whanganui.

There are reports of internal division over Rātana's long association with the Labour Party.

Celebrations at Rātana pā underway

It's hoped the smaller gathering can regroup and resolve the issues before the movement's next hui.