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Today as a country we remember and celebrate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. The Treaty is Aotearoa New Zealand’s founding document. The Treaty is an agreement, in Māori and English, that was made between the British Crown and about 540 Māori rangatira (chiefs). The Catholic Church through the presence of Bishop Pompallier was present formally at the signing.
The Catholic Church is committed to the Treaty of Waitangi based on Catholic social teaching, the Church’s pastoral work among Māori; and the historic involvement of Bishop Pompallier at the signing of the Treaty.
We celebrate today who we are as a people in this land. We pray at Mass
…as you led the Māori people and many other peoples to find their home in this land so grant that division be removed, that equity and justice be established, and that we may all become one day citizens of heaven.