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On Waitangi Day we celebrate the partnership of the Crown and iwi that provides the framework for our nationhood. The NZCBC remind us that “The Church was present in 1840, and is still present in 1995. Through its social teachings, the Church seeks to ensure that the dignity of persons, and the common good of all, are reflected within the economic, social and political structures of society.” (1995) and that we are called to promote bicultural relationships in our multicultural society. Let us pray:
God of reconciliation, You made people in your likeness, and you call us to hohou rongo – reconciliation – with you, and hohou rongo with each other. Let us give thanks for the good will and aroha that New Zealanders have for one another, and for the progress made in healing the things that divide us. Steel us. Give us kaha – strength – for the challenges ahead and the work yet to do in our nation. Like a covenant that unites us together for all ages, help us to use the Treaty to build bridges across our ignorance. Help all New Zealanders to join hands in friendship and seek the way of peace together. As we protect each other’s interests, as we partner each other in our mutual needs, as we participate together in our common good, may we remember the high intentions our founders had for each other.
Mā tō mātou Ariki mā Hehu Karaiti, Āmene
Published in Caritas Companions February 2011