On Radio Live with Wallace Chapman 8.10am
by John Ansell
Early birds reading this will be able to catch yours truly being interviewed by the host of Backbenchers about 40 minutes from now.
I have much to report from Waitangi and will do so in a separate post, with photos, later today. Leaving here at 8.30am to get Mike to a midday bus in Auckland.
- Evicted from Te Tii Marae by a thug.
- Presented Treatygate banner and shouted “When will you run New Zealand as a democracy, John? One law for all!” to the Prime Minister as he entered the Marae. (The only protest outside the marae.)
- Had banner ripped down in wrestling match with same thug as Key exited marae. Nearby police not interested.
- Had good interview with Simon Day of Fairfax, resulting in a story on stuff.
- Am meeting Simon in Auckland today for a longer interview, I think for a feature in the Sunday Star-Times.
- Despite shouting my message to Key virtually into their ‘ferret’ microphones, TV One and Three unmoved. More interested in the momentous story of who would hold the PM’s hand.
- Despite best efforts of Mike Butler to drum up support, Newstalk ZB reporter also not interested.
- Interviewed by phone by Laura McQuillan of NZ Newswire.
- Introduced myself to Willy Jackson, and had a good-natured argument in which we achieved total agreement: the other person was a racist.
- Came across Dame Claudia Orange sitting in front of Treaty House with Maori friend.
- Videoed my speech at the Treaty grounds, with equipment kindly lent by Mr News, Vinnie Eastwood. Needs a bit of editing, then will be up on his site which “reports the news the mainstream media ignore”.
- Mike attended dawn service at upper marae, conducted mostly in New Zealand’s two official languages, Maori and Sign. Astonishingly, English is not an official language of New Zealand!