Waitangi celebrations took place all over the country
Waitangi is also being commemorated all over the country with concerts, food, pomp and ceremony,
Waitangi at Okahu Bay Organiser Taiaha Hawke says the event has become a go-to for people in Auckland.
“He hui nui tēnei mā mātou mō mātou, mō te tāone nui o Tāmaki Makaurau hei maumaharatanga ki ngā whakaaro o ngā rangatira, o ngā tūpuna i te wā i a rātou.”
He also says for Ngāti Whātua o Orakei, it's about paying homage to their ancestors.
“I te wā i mauria mai a Hopihana me ana āpiha te tiriti ki tēnei pito, nā tō mātou tupuna rangatira a Te Kāwau Te Taoū me ana iramutu i waitohungia.”
It's all about commemoration, celebration and entertainment at Okahu Bay, but that’s also happening elsewhere.
In the South Island, in the Bluff, Ngāi Tahu commemorates the obligations promised in the treaty.
Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu General Manager Hana O’Regan was there.
“Ko Kāi Tahu tērā kua roa e para ana i te huarahi e whai atu ana i kā take kia ea ai te hapa o Niu Tireni. He mea nui te tiriti! Kua tuia, kua tuia te tiriti ki te kākau, nō mai rānō.”
Back in Okahu Bay, Hawke says lest we forget the reason for the statutory holiday, iwi building relationships with the crown.
“Nā, ahakoa ngā taunga kerēme, kāre tērā e whakawātea nei i te kāwanatanga ki te tiaki ki te manaaki i ngā iwi katoa, i ngā tāngata katoa o Aotearoa.”