Hundred-strong taua lead powhiri for Governor General at Waitangi

A hundred-strong taua, group of warriors, have led a powhiri for the Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy at Waitangi this morning.

It's the first time in decades dignitaries have skipped the lower marae at Te Tii - today's welcome taking place at the Treaty Grounds' Whare Runanga instead.

Ngāpuhi decided last year to take control of Waitangi commemorations from Te Tii after a particularly fractious 5th of February last year, the day when politicians usually visit the marae.

The Prime Minister follows tomorrow.

Today's events are taking place at the Treaty Grounds' Whare Runanga. Source: 1 NEWS