I note that restrictions are being placed upon those welcome to attend the hui down south. I am not sure whether this will really benefit the collective because it might create an illusion about their support. (When you have secret meetings and you get worked up about things then you can actually believe that everyone thinks like you).
Sure they will have the numbers and Mark will be walking into the 'enemy camp'. I am also sure that Tikanga will be observed, everyone will have their say... and nothing will change. All entrenched views will stay entrenched. Perhaps the kanohi ki te kanohi aspect will help, but we have already seen the non-results of that from Kaikoura.
Perhaps this will be the big battle - which might mean we are nearing the end of the beginning or the beginning of the end!