"calls upon all communities and organisations, Maori and Pakeha, to consider how they would have ethnic relations develop over the next 39 years and how different views might be reconciled.
… at Waitangi in 1840, our founding ancestors committed themselves to building a place where Maori and Pakeha would look after each other with aroha or love, mana or dignity, and with manaaki or respect. In the name of our Waitangi, and in honour of our respective forebears ... It calls upon all New Zealanders to draw deeply on our established wells of courage and tolerance to make the vision a reality for the year 2040.
The Rua Rautau programme envisages the development of a set of goals for 2040... regular consultations on the improvement of ethnic relations and Maori reorganisation; the annual acknowledgement of developments on each Waitangi Day; and major forums in association with Waitangi Day every five years until the year 2040."
Sir Graham Latimer
Tai Tokerau District Maori Council
6 February 2001
"Speaking of Waitangi itself, I will refer in turn to the place, the Treaty and the message that both impart before announcing a programme to reshape Waitangi day for the future.
First, I see this place, Waitangi, as the birthplace of the New Zealand nation state. It all began near to here when the Reverend Samuel Marsden established the first mission station, in 1815. With Christianity the missionaries introduced a number of western skills and thoughts along with concepts of national governance in which peace and order could flourish.
The Treaty of Waitangi settled, as between Maori and the British Crown, a basis for the government of the country. It has been described as our founding national document.
To that I add three points. The first is to emphasis the fact that a Treaty was even proposed. An agreement was required before sovereignty would be proclaimed so that New Zealand was founded upon the basis of consensus.
The second is that Maori in fact sought a continuing relationship with the British Government.
The third point is the ready recognition that good relationships would depend upon the continued demonstration of mutual goodwill and respect. That is something that is patently necessary for good ethnic relationships everywhere.
That leads me to the main Treaty message for our time – that good order, peace and co-operation between peoples must continue to depend upon the manifestation of respect and goodwill between them.
I introduce Rua Rautau, a project to foster the highest ideals in ethnic relations for the betterment of national peace and good order.
Each five years will see a fuller assessment of the progress towards understanding on another. In the year 2040, it is hoped to celebrate the good examples in ethnic co-operation and mutual development, weather they be in films, writing, commerce, sport, administration or art.
Rua Rautau is thus proposed to advance peace and good order in terms of the Treaty's objectives and to recognise the numerous contributions that people regularly make to the end.
I wish you all an enjoyable and reflective Waitangi Day."
Justice Eddie Durie
Waitangi – 6 February 2001