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!