Waitangi Day 6 February

On Thursday 6 February Aotearoa New Zealand marks the 180th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840.


E te Ātua e aroha mai ana ki a mātou                       God who loves each one of us

Ko ōu iwi katoa hei iwi mō mātou                              All your people are our people,

Awhinatia mātou ki te mārama tetahi ki tetahi         Help us to understand each other

Kia whakapaingia tōu Hahi,                                        Let your Church be blessed,

E mahi tahi ana I roto I te kōmunio tuturu              As we work together in true communion.

 Āmene                                                                             Amen



Screen Shot at the signing2020 02 03 at 9.51.34 AM

Picture shows modern reconstruction, showing Tāmati Wāka Nene signing the Treaty in front of James Busby, Captain William Hobson and other British officials and witnesses. Some Māori signatories are assembled on the left.

Image by King, Marcus, 1891-1983. The signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, February 6th, 1840. 1938. Ref: G-821-2. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22308135

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.


Prayer for Waitangi Day

Ka īnoi tātou,

Ever-living God from whom

all rangatiratanga (sovereignty) comes,

In the unfolding of time,

You led the Māori people

and many others

to find their home in Aotearoa.


As we strive to fulfil the destiny of our lives,

heal the wounds of our past,

Draw together in tika (justice)

and aroha (love)

All who call this land their own.


We ask this through

our Lord Jesus Christ your Son

Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of

the Holy Spirit,

God forever and ever,


 Published in Caritas Companions Feb 2012

Screen Shot Waitangi day dawn 2020 01 27 at 11.52.09 PM

A new day dawns over the Waitangi Treaty grounds.

More Māori resources can be located here

 More historical background here