Politicians flock to Rātana
At Rātana Pā, MPs from across the political spectrum came to take part in the church's annual celebrations, which included the new government and a new prime minister - who’s also the first PM to go on to the marae pregnant.
The PM's message to the gathering - the government will stick to its promises.
“There’s great hope amongst the people of the Rātana movement that we will fulfil some of the things that we've talked about that we want to achieve as a government. Things like addressing child poverty, addressing unemployment issues and so I take that with me. Those are our goals too.”
Her Māori colleague, Peeni Henare, says the benefits will soon be apparent.
“I te rangi nei ko te rangi tuatahi o te tau hou mō te ao tōrangapū, nō reira, e harikoa ana ka piki ake ki runga i tēnei marae. He marae ngāwari, he marae tau te rangimārie, ko reira tīmata ai ngā mahi mō te tau nei. Nō reira, e harikoa ana.”
Greens MP Marama Davidson agrees.
“Ko tēnei te wā tuatahi ka tae mātou me te kāwanatanga. Nō reira, me whakanuia i tēnei rā. Kei te mōhio mātou o ngā Kākāriki kei a mātou ngā minita o te Karauna mō te wā tuatahi nō reira kei a mātou te mana ki te hāpai i te mana o Te Tiriti o Waitangi.”
Big talk laid down at Rātana Pā, but what really counts to these followers, is turning words into reality.