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Thought for the week
I wanted to write something to do with Waitangi Day. And then I stumbled across what Fakaofo Kaio, the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand, wrote a couple of days ago. I felt that he's already said what I would have liked to have said, except much better. So, here are his words:
'This Treaty of Waitangi message builds on my corresponding message from last year (read it here). The facts are all there, drawn from historical accounts of the signing of Te Tiriti of Waitangi, 6 February 1840.
I acknowledge the deep grief and loss of the tangata whenua (Maori) that will never be healed or restored again. I feel, also, the hearts and attitudes of the Crown, the generations that are regarded as Te Tiriti partner. And, I know the position of others, like me, who arrived at the shores of Aotearoa as immigrants (manuhiri, visitors), and our part in the nation’s journey. It appears complicated, and that it will never be a perfect settlement. There are many and deep injustices and corruption. There is too much pain and suffering, which has left a scar on the land and on the people.
But, what is the way forward?
The Waitangi Tribunal is one means of redressing the wrong. And, there must be other ways of moving forward as a united nation. The answer is always in the people, the people, the people.
We cannot turn back the clock. We can only go forward and move on in a deliberate path as a united nation. We must all contribute and be involved as citizens who love and care for each other, and for the land.
I believe that we have made progress in 180 years since the Treaty was signed. It is said that New Zealand is the envy of many nations around the world in regard to the status and recognition Te Tiriti offers Maori.
My perspective is very Christian: "love your neighbour as yourself". My answers are steeped in my faith in Jesus Christ and so, in my view, everyone is my brothers and sisters. It may seem idealistic and simplistic. But, I believe that the answer lies in the attitude and perspective that we can live and coexist as family, as neighbours, as whanau, as tangata tahi - as one people.
We will journey together, bear one another's grief, stand together, live side-by-side, and understand one another. This is my utopian answer to our journey in this God-given land of Aotearoa, New Zealand. We are the people, the people, the people. The generations of today can build an even better future than what is before us now.
Ke ora tatou i te aroha o Ihu Karaiti.
May we live in the love of Jesus Christ.
Be sacrificial for each other. Be unconditional in love for each other.'
Right Reverend Fakaofo Kaio
Moderator Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand
Some ideas for prayer
Pray for us as a church this Waitangi Day that we might continue in our journey of exploring what the Treaty of Waitangi means for us a church. Pray that God will guide us on this journey and that God's will be done.
Pray for our children and their teachers as they start back at school.
Pray for the preparations of Knox Church Camp that all the organisation goes well, that lots of people will register to go and that it will be a wonderful time of deepening in our relationship with God and out friendships and community life as a church
May God bless you all this Waitangi Day,