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Ngāti Awa yesterday marked the anniversary of its ancestors signing the Treaty of Waitangi.

Spokesperson Pouroto Ngaropo says the iwi has been holding annual celebrations for the event at the signing place by Wairaka Marae in Whakatāne since 1990, when there was a concerted effort to make Waitangi commemorations a national event.

Rather than the original 4am starts, the event now starts with karakia about 6.30am followed by discussions.

He says having reached a settlement of its historic claims in 2005, Ngāti Awa has more to celebrate.

"The day commemorates our grievances, that we have come from out of grievance mode into a new beginning but without the Treaty of Waitangi we would not have been able to do that so we are really grateful and the partnerships we have with all iwi across the motu and with our treaty partner, the crown, so beautiful day yesterday," Mr Ngaropo says.

 

 

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