Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples says Waitangi Day commemorations won't be moved to the upper marae at Waitangi, because marae leaders don't want it to happen.
Dr Sharples had suggested moving the traditional welcome from the lower, Te Tii, marae to the upper marae on the treaty grounds, to take some of the heat out of political visits.
However, he told media on Wednesday that's unlikely to happen.
"I've taken this suggestion at the request of one of the kuia here to some of the leaders and they said they don't want that, because they want to keep that place special," Dr Sharples said, referring to the marae on the treaty grounds.
Past incidents at Te Tii marae have included Prime Minister John Key being jostled by protesters, mud thrown at former National Party leader Don Brash and former Labour prime minister Helen Clark reduced to tears.
Earlier on Wednesday, Labour leader David Shearer said events at the lower marae were detracting from events which should be celebrated in a positive way.
"I would like to see Waitangi Day not be marred by pushing and shoving, I think New Zealanders are sick of it and they want to move on and celebrate our national day in a positive way."
But Mr Key said there had always been scuffles at the lower marae. He could choose to boycott but others would come in and it would still attract attention.
He did not think moving things to the upper marae would change much.
"I just can't see how that would change anything. In the end, the issue is a clash of personalities, from what I can see, and a bit of a power struggle.
"It sometimes saddens me a little bit because I think that's the window in which a lot of New Zealanders see Waitangi Day and therefore it taints their view of Waitangi Day."