Thought For The Week 9 February 2020
This last week we have marked the occasion of the 180th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. While it was a world-leading agreement between the tangata whenua and the British Crown, the Treaty has a complicated history and over generations the Crown has failed to live up to the letter and the spirit of te Tiriti. Over the last 30 or so years, as a nation we have attempted to redress the balance, acknowledging grievances and attempting to right past wrongs. It’s still complicated. There is still hurt. How do we move forward as a nation? This is what our moderator the Right Reverend Fakaofo Kaio has to say on the matter:
“My perspective is very Christian: “love your neighbour as yourself”. My answers are steeped in my faith in Jesus Christ and so, in my view, everyone is my brothers and sisters. It may seem idealistic and simplistic. But, I believe that the answer lies in the attitude and perspective that we can live and coexist as family, as neighbours, as whanau, as tangata tahi – as one people.
We will journey together, bear one anothers’ grief, stand together, live side-by-side, and understand one another. This is my utopian answer to our journey in this God-given land of Aotearoa, New Zealand. We are the people, the people, the people. The generations of today can build an even better future than what is before us now.
Ke ora tatou i te aroha o Ihu Karaiti.
May we live in the love of Jesus Christ.”