Waitangi

This week, I had the immense privilege of going to Waitangi to celebrate a pretty immense day in Aotearoa's history and I was really stoked to be able to experience it with my Green whānau.

 We woke up Monday morning, to find Waitangi cloaked in mist. Pretty stunning.

We woke up Monday morning, to find Waitangi cloaked in mist. Pretty stunning.

 The Green team assembled and we made out way up to the treaty grounds.

The Green team assembled and we made out way up to the treaty grounds.

 Kelvin Davis filled us in on the powhiri we'd be attending.

Kelvin Davis filled us in on the powhiri we'd be attending.

 Ngāpuhi lay down the wero (challenge).

Ngāpuhi lay down the wero (challenge).

 James accepted the wero on behalf of the Greens.

James accepted the wero on behalf of the Greens.

 During the powhiri, James spoke on our ongoing commitment to honoring the treaty and affirmed the fact that Maori never ceded sovereignty.

During the powhiri, James spoke on our ongoing commitment to honoring the treaty and affirmed the fact that Maori never ceded sovereignty.

 I got to go with Chlöe and James (and the PM) to Paihia school for a picnic!

I got to go with Chlöe and James (and the PM) to Paihia school for a picnic!

 Good oppurtunity for James to lose the tie!

Good oppurtunity for James to lose the tie!

 One big kid with all the little kids.

One big kid with all the little kids.

 Everyone was really welcoming, even with the sea of journalists that followed us.

Everyone was really welcoming, even with the sea of journalists that followed us.

 Chlöe is quite partial to a good picnic. 

Chlöe is quite partial to a good picnic. 

 After the visit to Paihia school, we got to explore the sights and sounds - a waka powering through the waves is always an awesome sight to behold.

After the visit to Paihia school, we got to explore the sights and sounds - a waka powering through the waves is always an awesome sight to behold.

 Tuesday, Waitangi day, started with a dawn service - well worth the 4am start. Please excuse the grain, it was pretty much pitch black.

Tuesday, Waitangi day, started with a dawn service - well worth the 4am start. Please excuse the grain, it was pretty much pitch black.

 The upper marae was packed out for the service.

The upper marae was packed out for the service.

 We were greeted by the rising sun and beautiful low cloud hanging over the hills.

We were greeted by the rising sun and beautiful low cloud hanging over the hills.

 We all loitered for a bit, enjoying the view and korero with the people around.

We all loitered for a bit, enjoying the view and korero with the people around.

 What. A. Team.

What. A. Team.

 It was awesome to have a great Young Greens squad present!

It was awesome to have a great Young Greens squad present!

 Me and the best boss ever!

Me and the best boss ever!

 After chilling for a bit near the upper marae, we made out way down to the waka house for a breakfast barbecue, served by the MP's.

After chilling for a bit near the upper marae, we made out way down to the waka house for a breakfast barbecue, served by the MP's.

 Marama was on the bacon.

Marama was on the bacon.

 Chlöe was on egg duty.

Chlöe was on egg duty.

 She did an eggcelent job!

She did an eggcelent job!

 James ft. dad shirt and bacon.

James ft. dad shirt and bacon.

So there we have it - my favourites from Waitangi!