A cloak of peace has been laid over Parliament.
On Wednesday, before the sun rose – descendants of Taranaki Whanui and its leaders in Wellington gathered at Pipitea Marae.
While there they laid te Kahu o te Raukura on its whenua as a cloak of peace.
They sent a strong message to protesters – with Taranaki Whanui saying the protesters have not honoured their role as manuhiri and its time to listen to mana whenua.
“This morning, we have laid down Te Kahu o Te Raukura – a cloak of aroha and peace over the Parliament grounds and our surrounding ancestral sites,” Pipitea chair Kura Moeahu said.
“Te Raukura contains the three feathers representing honour, peace, and goodwill – the same symbol used at Parihaka.”