Pride Parade brings the biggest turnout yet
A sea of colour uniting all walks of life from queer, policeman, politicians to even religions came together as 25,000 attended the weekend's Pride Parade over the weekend making it the biggest turnout ever.
Jacinda Ardern was the first PM to walk the parade route and a number of Māori religious faiths also joined in, including Daniel Nehemia from Te Hāhi Rātana.
“Ki a mātou ngā hāhi Māori Ringatū, Pai Marire, Rātana - ngā tāngata he tāngata te iwi Māori.”
No matter what, Nehemia says the Māori churches have an interest in the spiritual essence of everyone.
“Kāore he takahi i te mana o tō tātou tangata. He awhi mai te wairua o tō tātou tangata. Ki te menemene mai, katakata mai me te aroha, me te aroha.”
It definitely was love that shone through to night time, but for some, it was still a platform to raise awareness about LGBTQI issues.
Nehemia says it’s the changing attitude and growing tolerance that is uniting everyone.
“I tēnei wā, nā te manaaki ngā tāngata katoa. He mahi wairua nā te tīmata he tini hīkoi. I hīkoi i tēnei wā. He hīkoi manaaki ngā whakamoemiti ngā karakia ngā hāhi Māori, he tautoko.”
May the colours of the rainbow community keep highlighting and supporting these issues.