Auckland's Anglican students this morning welcomed the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, with a booming Haka Powhiri.
Around 800 students gathered at the Telstra Events Centre in Manukau to welcome the Archbishop, who is in New Zealand for the first time for the Anglican Consultative Council.
Auckland's Mayor Len Brown also spoke to welcome him.
The Anglican Consultative Council will today start a week-long discussion about how the church will respond to issues like environmental change and domestic violence.
On Friday, Williams unveiled the headstone of his former colleague Bishop Sir Paul Reeves.
The solemn, yet joyous ceremony, paying tribute to Sir Paul's life in the church, politics and Maoridom, was attended by so many people, some were forced to sit on the grass of St John's College in Auckland.
Flanked by family and members of the Anglican Church, the headstone was draped with Sir Paul's korowai, the feather cloak, which lay on his casket during his state funeral last year.
The family designed the headstone, which features the inscription "Kororia ki te Atua i runga rawa", translating to "Glory to God in the highest", underneath raukura, the albatross feathers of Parihaka, that symbolise a desire to live in harmony.
"The headstone is simple, but it tells a great deal of Sir Paul, his whakapapa to Te Atiawa and how he lived his life," said Lady Beverley Reeves.
The unveiling service comes more than a year after Sir Paul death in August 2011, in line with Maori custom. The ceremony is seen as a time when families come together and renew bonds.
Sir Paul was appointed Archbishop of New Zealand in 1980 and became the first Maori to be named Governor-General in 1985. He also worked with the United Nations and Auckland University of Technology.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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