Yesterday was a quiet day at Te Tii Marae, a sacred place at Waitangi, a stark contrast to previous years.

The doors are still open to those who arrive at the marae and supporters of the marae are still there to support the events still being held tere.

One of those supporters is Ngāti Hine’s Reuben Taipari.

“He kaupapa oranga Te Tiriti o Waitangi, ehara he pepa noa iho. Nā reira he karanga tēnei ki a tātou ngā iwi o te motu, Ngāpuhi nui tonu tēnā ki te tiaki tonu tō tātou tiriti.”

In previous years, this is the time and place where you would see many politicians and protesters outside the marae.

Locals say it doesn’t matter to them and they are still continuing to run their own events focused on the Treaty of Waitangi.

But Waihoroi Shortland says that although it is a sad for Te Tii the main focus this year was to ensure the proceedings went off without disruption

“I mahi nui mātou kia taea e mātou te hopu i tērā wairua, te whakahoki mai anō ki roto i te rā, ngā rā o Waitangi nei, he tauira ki ō mātou uri, ka taea e mātou te aha.”

Shortland also says they are happy that everything went well today and the mana of the iwi was restored.

“Ka hari hoki mātou i runga i te whāinga nui kia kitea he rongoā mō ngā raru o ngā tau ki muri. Ehara ko te karo, ehara tērā i te rongoā engari e hanga ake anō i te wairua o Waitangi i mōhio maatou i mua. Ko te whakanui i te rā.”

Whether or not the official procedures return to Te Tii and when is at the moment still up in the air.

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