Christopher Luxon responds to threat of wave of protests for years as Te Pati Māori reveals rush hour plans

There could be disruptions across the North Island on Tuesday with Te Pati Māori planning protests in 17 locations.   

It's in response to the Coalition Government's proposals to remove references to the Treaty from laws, change smokefree legislation, and anglicise public sector names.   

Nationwide Action Day is what it's called on Te Pati Māori's TikTok.  

Kiri Waititi - co-leader Rawiri Waititi's wife - put out the call.  

"Who's ready to hit the streets and protest like you've never protested before?" she said in the video.  

The party's calling for people to "Join the Revolution". Tuesday is their "first hit out" because MPs swear an oath of allegiance to King Charles at Parliament's official opening.  

It'll start at 7am with protests in Whangarei, Albany, Hobsonville, Bombay, Hampton Downs, Rangiriri and Ohinewai. Tauranga and Rotorua have action planned too, and there's Tokoroa, New Plymouth, Hawera, Whanganui, Palmerston North, Masterton, and Porirua. In Wellington, they plan a protest above State Highway 1 going into the city.   

Te Pati Māori's Hana-Rawhiti Maipi-Clarke told The Hui on Monday that Christopher Luxon's Government is attacking Māori from all sides.   

"This is the most racist Government we've seen in decades, in a long, long time," she said.   

"There's nothing that they're not attacking so we need to hold that front line very strong."  

Asked if was prepared for waves of protests over the coming years, Luxon said: "No, because I think we can demonstrate to Māori and non-Māori across New Zealand that we are focussed on outcomes."  

"I've been clear with New Zealanders, we need a turnaround."   

Labour leader Chris Hipkins is concerned that work done across successive Governments to improve "the lot of Māori" is going to go backwards under this Government.  

In a statement, police said the demonstrations are "likely to disrupt traffic" in several centres.  

Then there's the issue of the Parliamentary oath - all MPs must do it.  

But like Hone Harawira in 2011 and Rawiri Waititi in 2020, Te Pati Māori is refusing.    

No one from Te Pati Māori was picking up their phones on Monday, but in a statement gave this rationale for the planned oath snub: "Māori owe no allegiance to the genocidal legacy of the British Empire."  

The party added that the Crown is "tainted with the blood of indigenous nations, and its throne sits at the apex of global white supremacy."