27 Jan 2010

Maori king not at Waitangi this year

6:10 am on 27 January 2010

The kaumatua for Waitangi marae is disappointed the Maori king is not attending this year's Treaty of Waitangi commemoration in the Bay of Islands.

Waatea News reports King Tuheitia will instead attend the Taniwha marae poukai at Te Kauwhata.

Kingi Taurua says Tainui's involvement last year gave the event a special significance, and reminded people of the importance of the nation's founding document to all Maori.

A spokesman for the King, Tom Roa, says the decision not to attend Waitangi Day in 2010 was announced at the last year's coronation hui.