In the small town of Waitangi, there is a bridge that closes the gap between Te Tii Marae and the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.
Just before dawn on Monday morning, two ceremonies began either side of the bridge, one to a small crowd of 100 by phone light at Te Tou Rangatira near Te Tii Marae, and the other at Te Whare Rūnanga at the Treaty Grounds attracting hundreds, including leaders from across the motu, dignitaries, as well as the cameras.
While one plays to a national audience, the other talks directly to the descendants of those who signed the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840.
Both serve meaningful purposes – fulfilling the obligation of partnership on one side while, across the bridge, honouring tūpuna who signed up to a promise.
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