Maoris declare New Zealand "a Christian nation"
Veteran activist Titewhai Harawira and Anglican ministers Gray Theodore from Otara and Pereme Porter from the North Shore. . .led about 1800 members of Destiny and other evangelical churches across the bridge over the Waitangi River to deliver a 'declaration' to delegates at an Asia-Pacific Interfaith Dialogue meeting, stating that New Zealand was a Christian nation and rejecting a draft statement sponsored by the Human Rights Commission that this country had no 'established religion'.
. . .Mr Theodore, who was born on the banks of the Waitangi River, invoked the first Christian sermon preached in New Zealand near Waitangi in 1814 and said yesterday's gathering reaffirmed a tradition of Maori Christianity that dated back almost 200 years.