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Dignity returns to Waitangi 49 minutes ago

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Credits: Image - Getty; Video - Newshub.

OPINION: I've covered Waitangi Day commemorations in Waitangi for the past five years.

And I usually hate it.

It makes me feel guilty for being pākehā.

I usually get back to Wellington each year feeling disheartened about our country's race relations.

And angry at the abuse and extortion I've received at Te Tii Marae for doing my job as a journalist.

And embarrassed at some of the behaviour of self-appointed security guards manhandling me.

I usually return with a dagger in my heart after being treated with contempt because I'm a pakeha........

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