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Ngā Whare Kōrero: Panel Discussion on Sunday 5 February, 1.30 to 3pm, Whare Rūnanga

Ngā Whare Kōrero is a new addition to the Waitangi programme. It helps to support the focus and tikanga of the pōwhiri and to encourage our leaders from all sides to engage in national-level debate on Te Tiriti o Waitangi / The Treaty of Waitangi. This will be an opportunity to hear the elected leaders of our five parliamentary parties present their views as part of a panel discussion, alongside five selected tangata whenua kaikōrero.

The panel discussion is named ‘Ngā Whare Kōrero’, in reference to the metaphorical conversation between the Whare Rūnanga and the Treaty House about the promise of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Each speaker will be given up to six minutes to address the gathering on three questions posed by the panel facilitator, Julian Wilcox.

These questions will be:

  1. What does the theme for this year’s commemorations, ‘He iwi tahi tātou’ or ‘Together we are a nation’ signify?
  2. What is the ongoing promise of Te Tiriti o Waitangi?
  3. Where do we want to be as a nation by the bicentennial of the signing of Te Tiriti in 2040?

The final speaker in Ngā Whare Kōrero will be the Prime Minister.  As it is with our tradition, returning the mauri of the marae to the safekeeping of the taumata affords the final summation on the outcome of the day to be given by the haukāinga. For more information, please refer to the attached tikanga letter prepared jointly by the Waitangi National Trust and Te Tii marae.

We are excited to be hosting this new addition to the Waitangi programme and we hope you will be able to join us immediately after the Parliamentary pōwhiri on 5 February 2023.WNT letter powhiri tikanga (Iwi Chairs)