Northern News : February 23rd 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 House and Land Packages 4 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom from $350,000* 'We come in peace' Wero: Waitangi National Trust staff, from left: Te Tuhi Purakau, Gene Tana and Turoa Tanekaha challenge Queen Elizabeth captain Julian Burgess during a powhiri at the treaty grounds. Photos: RICHARD EDMONDSON By RICHARD EDMONDSON Hongi: Trust chief executive Jeanette Richardson, right, greets captain Julian Burgess. THE Waitangi National Trust doesn't roll out the red carpet for every cruise ship that visits the Bay of Islands. But it made an exception for the company that boasts the world's most famous ocean liners when it brought its second largest ship to the area on its maiden world voy- age. A powhiri for senior officers of the Queen Elizabeth this month was the first the Wai- tangi trust has held for a cruise ship since it welcomed Cunard's flagship the Queen Mary 2 11 months ago. We did one a few years ago for another ship on its maiden voyage but the big powhiri with three challengers is usually a bit special,'' trust chief executive Jeanette Richardson says. Queen Elizabeth captain Julian Burgess told trust dig- nitaries at the powhiri that the ship's maiden visit was a special day for Cunard Line which was formed the year the Treaty of Waitangi was signed. 1840 is also a special year for Cunard.'' Captain Burgess admitted to feeling nervous about the wero -- challenge -- after being told to hold eye-contact with taiaha-wielding warriors while accepting their peace offering. I apologise for hesitating slightly but I just wanted to have a good stare. I reassure you we do come in peace.'' He appreciated the gesture of welcome the trust had extended to his crew and the hundreds of passengers who attended the powhiri at the treaty grounds. Thank you for organising a beautiful day for us. We certainly look for- ward to coming back.'' Go online to www.northern news.co.nz to see a short video of the wero.
February 16th 2011
March 2nd 2011