Dame Iritana Tawhiwhirangi, 87, who established the Kohanga Reo movement, is also listed as a speaker alongside Lady Tureiti-Moxon, an executive member of the National Urban Maori Authority, director of Hamilton health provider Te Kohao and wife of New Zealand Anglican Bishop David Moxon.
“Of course New Zealanders are consistent, we don’t do forgiveness very well”.
Mr Davis asked where these women were last week when 1000 people marched against domestic violence for Tara Brown, a Maori mother allegedly bashed to death last month in Brisbane by her Maori former partner.
“It seems there’s one school of thought which wants to banish individuals – to exclude certain people from our community based on our reaction to them”.
Tickets for Brown’s December 18 show at Auckland’s Vector Arena went on sale. They said Brown’s promoters’ response would depend on his visa application.
Despite her efforts, she said nothing has changed.
Dame Tariana Turia, former co-leader of the Maori Party, also said she would support Brown’s visa application.
Merepeka says “We will welcome him to our marae and then we expect him to address our youth about his past indiscretions and what he has learnt about life”.
Dame Tariana, who has worked to reduce domestic violence for decades, believed Brown would speak on his past while in New Zealand, prompting his young fans to think seriously about domestic violence.
Brown, 26, has been banned from the United Kingdom and Canada.
Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse has previously said that Brown could enter the country through a special direction under the Immigration Act.
Backbench National MP Judith Collins has forcefully commented on the issue several times, saying Brown is not welcome.