A prayer for the faithful observance of the Treaty of Waitangi

Though Te Tititi O Waitangi was signed on 6th February 1840, it was not until almost 100 years later, in 1934 that Waitangi day was first celebrated.  On that day the Bishop of Aotearoa – Lord Bledisloe, prayed this prayer, expressing his hope for peace between Maori and Pakeha and that the covenant made between Maori and the British crown would be honoured.

For the faithful observance of the Treaty of Waitangi

O God, who in Thy beneficent wisdom 94 years ago ordained that strife and bloodshed between races and tribes in this territory should cease, and that the inhabitants of these islands should thenceforward be knit together as one people under the British Crown, grant that the sacred compact then made in these waters may be faithfully and honourably kept for all time to come, to the glory of Thy Holy Name, and the peace, contentment and ordered progress of a united nation, for the sake of Him Who brought peace and goodwill upon earth, Jesus Christ our Lord.