COMMENT:

I will be humbled and excited to speak on behalf of Ngāti Whātua o Ōrākei at the pōhiri for the Tuia 250 Flotilla, which includes representatives of Captain James Cook and his crew, and tāne and wāhine including rangatahi from across the Pacific and Aotearoa.

First and foremost, the crew of the flotilla which includes, two waka hourua, a va'a moana from Tahiti, two heritage ships and one youth ship, are manuhiri visitors carrying a message of reconciliation and peace, regardless of my personal views, and the hurt that I see and understand every day as a result of

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