Nationwide protests supported by Te Pāti Māori planned ahead of MPs being sworn in at Parliament

The party's co-leaders.
The party's co-leaders. Photo credit: Getty Images.

A nationwide protest supported by Te Pāti Māori is planned for Tuesday morning, just ahead of MPs returning to Parliament's House for their swearing-in.  

The political party posted on Facebook calling for people to partake in a 'Nationwide Action Day' at various locations across the country, including in Wellington at the Terrace Tunnel, a State Highway 1 entry into the central city.  

It's timed for 7am on Tuesday morning, just a few hours before the Commission Opening, when the Governor-General sends Royal Commissioners to formally open the new Parliament. This is followed by MPs being sworn-in and the election of a Speaker.  

"Tangata Whenua, Tangata Tiriti, Join the REVOLUTION! & make a stand!" the party says.   

"This is our 1st hit out and tomorrow Tuesday the 5th is the opening of Parliament, where all the MPs are required to swear an oath of allegiance to the King of England. This is why we have chosen this day to take action!"  

Te Pāti Māori says on Facebook the demonstration is meant to represent "the beginning of a unified Aotearoa response to the Government's assault on Tangata Whenua and Te Tiriti o Waitangi".  

It will demonstrate "the might of Tangata Whenua and Tangata Tiriti working together" as well as a "revolution of Gen-T (Generation Tiriti) standing up for and protecting the rights of all of our mokopuna" and "asserting the mana of Te Tiriti o Waitangi as enduring and ever lasting".  

Newshub has contacted the party for further information.  

In a statement to, a party spokesperson said the call was "to get our people beating the streets with their feet and their voices" and it would be "just the start" of planned protests.   

On Friday, Te Pāti Māori said the oath of allegiance MPs make to King Charles III was "symbolic of the colonial power that Parliament places above the mana of tangata whenua, and the constraints that are placed on Māori MPs representing their people".  

"It is not the equal partnership that was consented to by Te Tiriti o Waitangi."   

Among other things, the statements says Māori "owe no allegiance to the genocidal legacy of the British Empire" and "there is no honour in the Crown".   

"It is tainted with the blood of indigenous nations, and its throne sits at the apex of global white supremacy."  

The party said it did "not buy into the colonial fictions this House is built upon."  

"Te Pāti Māori pledges allegiance to our mokopuna, our whenua, and Te Tiriti o Waitangi. We will continue to do our best by you, in accordance to our tikanga, amongst the monsters whose portraits still hang on the walls of Parliament."  

Ngāi Te Rangi posted on Facebook details about the protest happening in Mount Maunganui.  

"This national protest is in direct response to the Government changes that seek to rapidly dismantle three generations worth of work under an agenda that blatantly disregards the place of Māori in Aotearoa and looks to marginalise us as tangata whenua.   

"We have worked too hard to revitalise our reo, educate our people, correct the injustices faced by Māori by offering equitable opportunities to be healthy, housed and employed, keep our people out of jail, whilst working towards ensuring that future generations of Māori do not bear the weight of the same injustices imposed upon us, to have these efforts reversed.   

"We are once again taking to the roads, and invite you to walk with us. Bring your whānau and tangata tiriti mates along and lets hit the bricks!"  

It said it was working with police to ensure the protest happened safely.  

In a statement, a police spokesperson said: "Police are aware of the potential for gatherings and are making enquiries to understand the full plans from those involved." 

Labour leader Chris Hipkins said on Monday morning he wasn't familiar with Te Pāti Māori's proposal, but he was "concerned" about "a number of the actions the incoming Government are proposing to take with regard to Māori".  

"I think the dialling back of progress that we have made in a whole number of areas, including health, including in education, including work we have done across successive Governments - Labour and National – to improve the lot of Māori within New Zealand, going backwards on those things will be bad for the whole of New Zealand."  

He said protest was "legitimate", but it should be done "within the bounds of the law" and while being "thoughtful" of others.  

Labour MP Cushla Tangaere-Manuel said she supported people's freedom of speech but "disruption is not going to be a good idea".  

"But this has been a real major issue for our people with some of the reforms that are being suggested," the Ikaroa-Rāwhiti MP said.  

She said many people feel that some of the Government suggestions are "an attack on Maori".   

"That will not be tolerated," Tangaere-Manuel said.  

Labour's Peeni Henare said he thought meaningful debate in the House was the best place to make points about the Government's agenda, which he said had "very little detail".  

"Our whanau are ready. We have been up for this fight for decades so it doesn't surprise me. The only thing I will ask is that for our whanau, that we continue to remember and care for each other and be very clear about what we are standing up against."  

Te Pāti Māori has been vocal about its opposition to a number of policies announced by the new Government, including its plan to scrap smokefree laws, would it says shows the Government "sacrificing Māori lives to fund tax cuts for the wealthy".   

Other actions the new Government plan include disestablishing the Māori Health Authority, conduct a review of all legislation that includes the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and "replace all such references with specific words relating to the relevance and application of the Treaty, or repeal the references", and introducing a Treaty Principles Bill.