Te tiriti o Waitangi
(The treaty of Waitangi)
As a church we are on a journey, learning what it means to honour te tiriti o Waitangi. Te tiriti is the founding document of Aotearoa and speaks of New Zealanders coming together in partnership with tangata whenua (people of the land).
We are passionate about becoming a truly multicultural church (spoken about in Acts 13 & Revelation 7), and we believe that a key step in our journey is to understand and value the bicultural foundations of Aotearoa. After all, how can a whanau (family) invite guests in to their kainga (home) if there is division amongst them as hosts?
Our desire is to allow and encourage people from all cultures and nationalities to be all that God has called them to be. Therefore we must allow and encourage Maori to be all that God has called them to be too. Sir Eddie Durie said “The missionaries sold the Treaty to the Maori, and it is important that they should sell it to the Pakeha as their obligation”. Therefore as a church we unashamedly encourage the use of te reo Maori (Maori language) and te ao Maori (Maori world view).
We believe that Maoritanga (Maoridom) is te ara o nga iwi katoa (the gateway for all nations) in Aotearoa, and that by the lifting up of Maoritanga all the nations will find a turangawaewae (standing place) among us.