Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas joins the high commissioner of New Zealand in Vanuatu and other New Zealand family to celebrate the waitangi day yesterday evening in Port Vila.

Commissioner, Johnatan Shwass said "Our Waitangi Tribunal describes the Treaty as “a contract of respect” between the Crown and Māori.

That respect has not always been evident, but our collective commitment to it has grown over time.

Today the document takes centre stage in the New Zealand story, and it provides us with a frame of reference that we can use to unpick some of the injustices and mistakes of the past.

I think the key place of the Treaty in our system allows us to say with some credibility that together we aim to walk the talk on the concept of partnership between peoples.

When our government said at the beginning of last year that it was looking to reset its Pacific relationships according to principles of partnership it was choosing its words carefully.