Waitangi Day 2020: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern serves up breakfast at annual celebrations

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern jumped behind a barbeque and cooked breakfast for those in attendance at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds on Thursday.

The 180th commemoration is in full swing and thousands have turned out to peacefully mark the signing of New Zealand's founding document.

Earlier in the morning, she once again spoke about crossing the bridge and strengthening relations between Māori and the Crown.

"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."

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