New Zealand celebrates Waitangi Day

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New Zealanders across the country have celebrated Waitangi Day.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister, John Key, celebrated the day with a dawn service on the Treaty Grounds in a Bay of Islands.
A crowd of around 200 braved poor weather conditions at to attend the service at the upper marae.
Today was the 174th anniversary of the signing of Treaty of Waitangi.
The Prime Minister led a prayer thanking the nations forefathers for their “courage to come together and sign the Treaty.”
He also honoured the work of New Zealand’s police, fire fighters and military.
Labour leader, David Cunliffe, stressed unity among New Zealand’s people in his prayer to the congregation.
“May it be a nation of mercy, may it be a nation of plenty, may it be a nation of coming together of all peoples,” he said.
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