Watch: 'Bulls***' - Angry Tauranga iwi challenge Andrew Little at Parliament hikoi

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About 600 people marched to Parliament in protest this morning demanding that the Crown recognise Māori tikanga in the treaty settlement process.

A protest of 600 people demanded the Crown recognise Māori tikanga in the Treaty settlement process today.
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Iwi leaders from the Far North, Auckland and Tauranga were greeted by Treaty Negotiations Minister Andrew Little and other Māori MPs.

Treaty Negotiations Minister Andrew Little was speaking about the treaty process and the importance of communication when he was challenged by a kaumatua.

The man yelled he would not listen to "bullshit".

"I'm not going to stand here and take this shit. No, no no!"

Labour MP Willie Jackson standing beside Mr Little stepped forward during the confrontation, and as the kaumatua concluded his challenge supporters put their arms around his shoulders and guided him away.

The hikoi at Parliament this morning.

Source: RNZ rnz.co.nz

The protest follows the first day of a Supreme Court case involving central Auckland hapū Ngāti Whatua Orakei and the Crown on an overlapping treaty claim issue.

Ngāti Whatua Orakei chair Ngarimu Blair said the Crown was blocking the hapū from arguing the case in court, and failing to recognise tikanga Māori in common law.

He said other iwi were currently facing the same issues with overlapping treaty claims and it must stop.

The two-day Supreme Court case will conclude at the end of the day.

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