Ngati Whatua members agree to perform TPP ceremony powhiri

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The Government has found an iwi willing to perform a powhiri for the formal signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement this week.

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

Source: 1 NEWS

Representatives of Ngati Whatua will lead the brief powhiri commencing with a karanga and then a welcome to guests on Thursday in Auckland, Trade Minister Todd McClay's office confirmed to ONE News.

At the conclusion ministers will be introduced to members of Ngati Whatua.

Despite reports yesterday that the Government was having problems finding a group prepared to perform a powhiri for the controversial TPP ceremony, a spokesperson for the prime minister says Ngati Whatua has been lined up since last week.

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

Several kapa haka groups also turned down invitations it was reported yesterday.

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