Waitangi Day

06.02.12

Kia ora koutou katoa
Greetings everyone.
Whakataka te hau ki te uru,
Cease oh winds of the west
Whakataka te hau ki te tōnga
And of the south
Kia mākinakina ki uta,
Let the bracing breezes flow,
Kia mātaratara ki tai.
Over the land and the sea
E hī ake ana te atākura.
Let the red-tipped dawn come with a sharpened edge,
He tio, he huka, he hauhū.
A touch of frost, a promise of a glorious day
Tihei Mauri Ora!
Behold, there is life!

E ngā iwi mana whenua o te Whanganui - a - tara, Taranaki whanui o te Upoko o Te Ika a Maui
To the indigenous people of Wellington

Tēnā koutou katoa
Greetings to you all

E ngā iwi o te motu
To the many peoples from throughout the country, ...
E ngā mana
To the honoured
E ngā reo
To the speakers
E ngā manuhiri tuārangi
To our distinguished visitors
E Ngā Māngai Kāwanatanga,
To our Government Diplomatic Leaders
O te motu, o te ao,
From throughout the country, the world
Rau rangatira ma
To the respected peoples

Nau mai, whakatau ... mai ... rā ...
Welcome, welcome

People of Wellington, citizens and visitors!

Welcome to you all and thank you for joining us on this special occasion to mark our national day.

I acknowledge the important work of the Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust and our Wellington City Council Staff. Our efforts in partnership for this day of celebration are a reflection of the warm association our organisations share.

It's an honour to speak as your Mayor today, on Waitangi Day - our National Day.

In 1840 we were two people meeting together, striving for fairness. 1840 was also the year of the founding of the town of Wellington, which became the capital in 1865. There have been highs and lows, steps forward and stumbles on the journey since then.

I'd also like to acknowledge that today is the 60th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II to the throne of seven countries.

In 2012, in this compact cosmopolitan capital, Wellingtonians are passionate about this city, whether born here or elsewhere like myself.

This is the Coolest little capital in the world.

Today we welcome our diplomatic community, new friends and old, based in Wellington, Canberra and Tokyo. You are our links to the world.

We are proud of being the Capital, and by drawing together more than 85 ethnicities we truly are a cosmopolitan city. We share a common desire to make our world a better place, including the most vulnerable, as well as making Wellington a place where talent wants to live.

We live in a time of economic and environmental uncertainty, population changes and increasing demand on our resources. We must respond to these challenges together and seize opportunities change offers.

At the heart of our city the relationship between tangata whenua and manuhiri is made visible; The Wharewaka Te Raukura was opened last year, great to see the two Waka, together with kayaks, yachts, container and cruise ships on our beautiful harbour.

Also our waterfront brings people close to the natural world. This lagoon has sting-rays, shags and even the occasional seal.

Our compact, cosmopolitan capital enjoys a great lifestyle, surrounded by a beautiful natural environment, and populated by world-class talent. We are a global city, and as such we are not isolated, nor immune, from the challenges of a changing world.

Our journeys to mutual understanding will only come about with open and vigorous debate.

Wellington is a place where there are opportunities to invest, grow a business and build an international career as well as live, work, study - and play. For our city to thrive, for our people to share in prosperity, let me assure you that Wellington is certainly open for business.

I'm delighted to declare our celebrations of Waitangi Day open, Enjoy!

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