Newsroom’s Sam Sachdeva was at Waitangi during Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s visit. Below are some of his photos from the commemorations.

Two waka paddlers stand in position outside Te Whare Rūnanga.
A pūtātara (shell trumpet) in position for the Waitangi powhiri.
A crowd waits for the start of the Waitangi powhiri near the flagstaff on the Treaty Grounds.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern clasps the hand of Titewhai Harawira.
A warrior delivers a wero (challenge) to the visiting party at the Treaty Grounds.
The head at the roof apex of Te Whare Rūnanga.
A flax kete (bag) worn by an iwi police liaison at Waitangi.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern performs a hongi with Nikau Taituha, seven, at Paihia School. Photo: Sam Sachdeva.
Jacinda Ardern shares a laugh with Paihia School whaea Ngaire Apiata.
Jacinda Ardern shares some lunch with the children of Paihia School.
Guests file into Te Whare Rūnanga for the Waitangi Day dawn service.
Upwards of a thousand people gathered at the Treaty Grounds for the annual Waitangi Day dawn service. Photo: Sam Sachdeva
Jacinda Ardern and a Māori warden smile as they watch a bagpiper play on the Treaty Grounds.
Sunrise at Waitangi.
Labour MPs Jenny Salesa, Andrew Little, Willow Jean Prime and Kiri Allan pitch in at the Prime Minister’s Waitangi breakfast barbecue.
Music for the masses, Waitangi style.
Jacinda Ardern poses for a photo while working the barbecue.
Jacinda Ardern sports a temporary tā moko.
Jacinda Ardern and partner Clarke Gayford appeared happy with the gift of a wahakura.

Sam Sachdeva is Newsroom's national affairs editor, covering foreign affairs and trade, housing, and other issues of national significance.

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