Waitangi Day 2015
One hundred and seventy five years
ago a man hurriedly put on his
hat and urgently rowed ashore, all
were ready to sign his new treaty.
Those waiting were arikinui, men
of mana and cunning who
knew the deceptive ways of the English.
They did not trust this man under the
hat but saw a wave coming and
sought a way to preserve what was theirs;
their tino rangatiratanga and a
way to live with these new white invaders.
Today they gift us this land and this
treaty, this hope that
two peoples can live together each
honouring and learning the way of
the other. Are we brave
enough this year to celebrate this
promise and live the way of