Ngāti Paoa celebrated the 175th anniversary of their ancestor signing the Treaty of Waitangi at the exact location in Auckland where their ancestors also stood. Ngāti Paoa also took to the waters of the Waitematā Harbour to mark this historic occasion.
Treaty negotiator Hauauru Rawiri is enforcing Ngāti Paoa interests in regard to their historical claims.
Marking this event as well was our Māori Television cameraman who was fortunate enough to go out on Te Kōtuiti II.
Rawiri says, "We hope we can work together as one, Māori and Pākehā. That's the point of today."
It's the first time anyone has filmed on board Te Kōtuiti II.
The celebration at Karaka Bay included historic accounts from members of Ngāti Paoa and Bill Ludbrook, whose great-great-grandfather Reverend Henry Williams translated the English version of the Treaty into Māori.
Ngāti Paoa hopes to continue working with the Crown for a better future.