Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on a charm offensive at extended Waitangi trip

While many Kiwis are taking an extended break over Waitangi weekend, the Prime Minister isn't. 

Instead, she's on a charm offensive in Waitangi, where she'll be for the next four days. 

Jacinda Ardern says she will meet with iwi, marae, Māori wardens and schools on her stay at Waitangi. 

There are three reasons Ms Ardern has opted for a long stay at Waitangi. A new Prime Minister, this is her first visit in that role and under a new Government with a new way of doing things.

It sends a message to New Zealand about the significance of Waitangi Day. 

She's here for five days - she's not just a fly-in, fly-out Prime Minister, like we've had over the past couple of Governments.

The third one is all about the long game with Ngapuhi - the biggest iwi in the country. A treaty deal has yet to be arranged between the iwi and the Crown. 

The last Government didn't do it, but this Government wants to do it, so this is all about a "charm offensive" to get that deal across the line.

And another baby name has been suggested for the Prime Ministers baby by the Te Aupōuri iwi.

'Waimirirangi' has been put forward as a name, meaning 'strong, fierce princess' or 'strong woman'.


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