Waitangi: Woman escorted away after verbal rampage at politicians

A woman has been escorted away from the Waitangi upper marae after unleashing a verbal rampage, seeming to be aimed at politicians. 

The woman's words were unclear, but she could be heard saying something about "the last 15 years", and it appeared she was yelling at the gathered politicians.  

The incident appeared to be isolated, with the ceremony going ahead undisturbed. 

Protesters at Waitangi are nothing new. One protester made world news in 2016 when then-Finance Minister Steven Joyce was hit in the head with a dildo.

In 2004, former National leader Don Brash had mud thrown at his face by a protester on the marae grounds, which he later joked was "not a bad shot". 

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and National leader Simon Bridges, along with other politicians, were gathered at the upper marae for Waitangi for a powhiri at 10am, followed by speeches.