We reflect this week on this 181st anniversary year of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi to commemorate and honour the covenant in which Maori and Pakeha together made a nation.
We remind ourselves of the principle of an enduring, respectful and honest partnership between two peoples.
We recognise the struggle into which all partners must enter in every generation, so that all who come to these shores, may be included under the mantle of the Treaty drawn up, agreed upon and signed at Waitangi.
We recall the faith which enabled the foundation of this covenant relationship and to invite all peoples of this nation to likewise find direction, belonging and hope.
Ano te pai, ano te ahuareka o te nohoanga tahitanga o nga teina o nga tuakana i runga i te whakaaro kotahi. Waiata 133.1
How wonderful it is, how pleasant, for God’s people to live together in harmony. Psalm 133.1
E te Ariki o nga Ariki, i mea koe ki te u koutou ki roto ki ahau ka u ano taku maramatanga ki roto i a koutou.
E pupuri tonu nei matou i nga kupu o te kawenata o te Tiriti o Waitangi i hainatia e nga Maori me nga Pakeha, i te tau kotahi mano e waru rau e wha tekau; kia tuturu, kia tika, kia pai ai te noho o tena whakatupuranga o tenei whakatupuranga.
Meinga enei kupu i poua nei e ratou hei maramatanga mo nga ra kei mua i a matou me te hunga e noho tahi nei matou e haere tika ai tenei iwi o Aotearoa whanui,
ko Ihu Karaiti, te huarahi, te pono me te ora. Amine.
Sovereign God of all, your word is light to all people in this and in every generation.
Hold before us the words at Waitangi signed by Maori and Pakeha alike in 1840 to confirm their covenant.
Make the treaty they established in Aotearoa a guiding light for the days ahead and the people who dwell among us, through Christ our guide, our way. Amen.
The Right Reverend Te Kitohi Pikaahu
Bishop of Te Tai Tokerau (The Northern region of the Anglican Church)
The Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia