The following is from Anglican Taonga last week. The reflection mentioned was read at Waitangi during the dawn service last Friday.
On the eve of the 175th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty, Archbishop Brown Turei has asked whether Maori and Pakeha can find the faith and courage to fulfil “the greater promise of the Treaty of Waitangi: One people, united.”
Archbishop Turei, who is Te Pihopa o Aotearoa and one of the three leaders of the Anglican Church in these islands, has produced a prayer and reflection to mark the occasion.
He briefly surveys the 175 years since 1840, offers his assessment of where bicultural relations are at now, and then says: “our true potential as one people” can only happen if we can “renew within ourselves the faith and the courage of our forebears who first signed the Treaty.”
Archbishop Turei then spells out a number of conditions which must be met for that renewal to take place, and that promise to be fulfilled.
His prayer can be read here and his reflection is here.
Archbishop Turei’s prayer and reflection are supported by his brother Archbishops Philip Richardson and Winston Halapua.
Archbishop Richardson is the leader of Tikanga Pakeha (and senior bishop of the seven Pakeha dioceses), while Archbishop Halapua is the leader of Tikanga Polynesia (and therefore of Polynesian Anglicans in Aotearoa New Zealand).
You might also be interested in these related posts:
- http://www.nzcms.org.nz/attorney-general-commends-nzs-christian-heritage/Attorney-General commends NZ’s Christian HeritagePosted on by Guest AuthorThe following is reposted from nzchristiannetwork.org.nz. The Christian message Samuel Marsden introduced 200 years ago has been positive for this country and is […] http://www.nzcms.org.nz/attorney-general-commends-nzs-christian-heritage/Read more
- http://www.nzcms.org.nz/after-the-drought-bicentennial-reflections-intermission-issue-22/After the Drought: Bicentennial Reflections (Issue 22)Posted on by Mark GraceIn the summer of 2013 New Zealand experienced its worst drought for 70 seventy years. Many parts of the country were seriously […] http://www.nzcms.org.nz/after-the-drought-bicentennial-reflections-intermission-issue-22/Read more
- http://www.nzcms.org.nz/a-kenyan-at-waitangi/A Kenyan at WaitangiPosted on by Steve MainaWhat’s this guy doing here? Why is an African hanging around at Waitangi? No one asked me the question but I’m sure […] http://www.nzcms.org.nz/a-kenyan-at-waitangi/Read more
- http://www.nzcms.org.nz/marsden-and-the-hauraki-gulf/Marsden and the Hauraki GulfPosted on by Steve MainaLast Sunday I had the privilege to join Pane Kawhia from the NZCMS Council at a special event at Kaiaua Marae on the […] http://www.nzcms.org.nz/marsden-and-the-hauraki-gulf/Read more