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Archbishop Turei's prayer for Waitangi Day

Here's the prayer which Archbishop Brown Turei has composed for the 175th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi:

Archbishop Brown Turei  |  04 Feb 2015

E te Kaihanga,

Nāhau mātau i tārai i Waitangi,

    anō he waka hourua,

       whakarewangia i runga i te tūmanako;

    anō he waka eke noa,

       whakaterengia i runga i ngā waikarekare;

He tia, he tia;

He ranga, he ranga;

Whakarere iho te kakau o te hoe,

kia tutuki ai i ngā oati i oatitia;

kia huri mai te whakawā anō he wai,

te tika anō he awa nui.

Ko Ihu Karaiti hoki tō mātau Ariki,

Te Kurahautū o tō mātau Kuratīwaka.    


Creator God,

By your hand we were fashioned together at Waitangi,

    like a double-hulled canoe,

       launched towards a hope-filled future;

    cast together in the same vessel,

       traversing turbulent waters;

Our backs bowed in effort, our journey continues,

one paddle-stroke after another;

Help us to strive together in unity,

    that we might fulfill the oaths we have made to each other;

       That justice may roll like a river,

          and righteousness like an everlasting stream;

Through Jesus Christ our Lord,

    The One Who Guides our Waka of Faith.