Waitangi Day Celebrations have begun in Waitangi.
Ngāpuhi are hosting the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, leader of the Opposition Judith Collins and other prominent New Zealanders at Te Rau Aroha Marae.
Hundreds have gathered for the dawn service.
Jacinda Ardern will hold her annual breakfast on the Treaty Grounds.
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09:27am - Newshub politcal reporter Zane Small has been in Waitangi since Thursday, here is his wrap of this morning.
08:49am - The Royal Family has tweeted about Waitangi Day
08:45am - Here are a few tweets about the dawn service
08:14am - Ardern was asked if COVID-19 cast a cloud over Waitangi this year?
"Well look I had every expectation that we might perhaps see fewer numbers for instance here at the dawn service, but while I don’t have a head-count I can tell you that certainly in terms of the breakfast, already 2500 breakfasts have already gone out – that’s an increase on last year. So, perhaps at this stage we’re still seeing people in high numbers here."
08:09am - "In terms of just the enthusiasm from New Zealanders who have come to experience Waitangi Day, in some cases for the first time, here on the Grounds it is a fantastic environment and I think increasingly the lead-up to Waitangi Day is being used as a chance for good, robust debate and discussion, and that’s as it should be," Ardenr told the crowd.
"I think every Waitangi Day is a chance to reflect on what has happened in the last year, how we’re progressing our partnership or our relationship, but also constantly looking forward with hope.
"You know, there are things that we need to do better but I do absolutely believe that you do get a sense of optimism about what can be achieved together."
08:05am - Ardern has rulled out Winston Peters becoming the next Governor-General saying former MPs should not hold that job.
Dame Patsy Reddy’s term ends this year.
08:00am - The Prime Minister has sad there should be more Maori at all levels of society - including in her role.
07:55am - Ardern has praised the turnout and level of enthusiam at the Treaty Grounds saying it has created a great atmosphere.
07:47am - Jacinda Ardern is now speaking.
07:07 - In line with modern day COVID-19 etiquette people are being asked to scan a QR code and sanitise their hands as they enter the breakfast.
07:00am - The PM has filmed a Facebook Live from the Treaty Grounds.
06:50am - Grant Robertson and James Shaw are pitching in.
06:40am - Big crowds at the Prime Minister’s breakfast despite the COVID-19 scare in Northland, huge queues gathered to get a share of the breakfast cooked by MPs on the Treaty Grounds.
06:30am - There are long queues for Jacinda Ardern's traditional Waitanigi Day breakfast.
06:00 - Jacinda Ardern sits hand-in-hand with Titewhai Harawira during Waitangi Day dawn service. A pretty big turn out at the Treaty Grounds despite the recent coronavirus scare in Northland.
05:50 - A lone female protestor disrupted proceedings, shouting out about a number of issues.
"Do not talk about God when there is inequality," she said before being given a hug by a Maori warden.