Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern calls for unity in Waitangi Day address

  • 06/02/2020

Jacinda Ardern has called on Māori and the Crown to support each other through daily life at her Waitangi Day address.

Dignitaries gathered on Thursday morning at the upper marae of the official Treaty grounds.

This year's commemorations mark 180 years since the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

The Prime Minister spoke briefly, beginning her address with a prayer calling for unity.

"Today we pray for our people, our history and our future," Ardern said.

"On this 180th Waitangi Day let us pledge to take a step across the bridge between our peoples. Give us the perseverance in our daily lives to commit to a simple action that helps take us to the other side. And in doing so, give us the courage to learn to walk comfortably in each other's shoes."

A prayer was also offered by Jane Fletcher, a direct descendant of James Busby who helped established the Treaty.

Hundreds of people gathered on the Treaty grounds to honour the occasion. 

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