Whātua o Ōrakei, the mana whenua in Auckland central where the
signing is to take place, has refused to participate because it
believes the multinational trade deal will undermine the country's
more Auckland iwi are refusing to perform the Māori welcome, as are
all of Auckland's usual haka groups.
the 13 iwi in the Tamaki Collective, six have said they would not
perform for the TPP signing; Ngāti Whātua o Ōrākei, Ngāti Paoa,
Te Uri o Hau, Ngāti Te Ata, Ngāti Whanaunga and Ngāti Whātua o
Tai ki Tāmaki, Ngāti Tamaoho, Ngāti Tamaterā and Te Kawerau ā
Maki have not responded to RNZ's requests while Te Ākitai Waiohua
declined to answer but said they had not been approached.
Te Waka Huia Māori performing arts group has backed Ngāti Whātua o
Ōrakei saying its members would not be part of a TPP pōwhiri.
one iwi in the Tamaki Collective, Ngāti Maru, and one hapu, Te
Runanga o Ngāti Whātua, have said they would participate if asked.
Te Rangi, spokesperson for Ngāti Whātua's runanga - one of three
Ngāti Whātua hapu - told RNZ they had agreed to participate based
on tikanga and the custom of hosting guests.
tikanga exponent from Ngāti Pukenga, Te Awanuiarangi Black, said
while hosting guests was important, it came down to each individual
iwi and iwi could decide how they expressed that or not.
tikanga expert Paraone Gloyne from Ngāti Raukawa said iwi do not
always welcome guests.
are examples in our history in Māori history of iwi that have
stopped manuhiri or people coming onto the marae or haven't afforded
them pōwhiri or kōrero to show that they don't agree with a stance
that an iwi has taken.
think Ngāti Whātua o Ōrākei and people who have said they don't
want to pōwhiri are well within their rights to do so."
just four days until the TPP signing, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and Trade, which is organising Thursday's event, will not say whethr
any group had agreed to perform.
a statement a spokesperson said: "We'll be releasing more
information on the signing ceremony programme closer to the time."