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Welcome onto Te Whare Rūnanga

This afternoon, Dame Cindy was welcomed onto the Waitangi Treaty Grounds at Te Whare Rūnanga. The pōwhiri also included tributes to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Titewhai Harawira – both of whom passed away since last Waitangi Day, and who each made their own distinct and significant contributions to the history and legacy of Waitangi. In her address following the pōwhiri, the Governor-General expressed her hope that 'this can be our year of healing – when fractured families re-unite, when hope replaces fear, and New Zealanders turn their hearts and minds to using their power for good.'

You can find further photos from the pōwhiri here, and Dame Cindy's address here.

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