In mingling our wairua in the hongi,
in passing the peace of Christ from hand to hand,
in sharing the sacred meal, and morning tea,
we create a reality in which manuhiri and tangata whenua become one iwi.
Go in peace, knowing past hurts are healed,
weaving our korero of faith and our mahi of aroha –
kaitiakitanga for our earth and its peoples,
manaakitanga for those in need –
– into our every day.
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