"For me, it's a time of reflection, a time to see where we're at as a nation, and to see how much further we need to go.
"I guess my understanding of what our tūpuna did on that day, in signing the treaty, was entering into a partnership, which indicates a relationship with one another - when you promise one another to be good partners.
"So for me, Waitangi Day is about reflecting on, since that day, what have both sides done? What have we done to be good partners? And what can we do today?
"It's not something that happened in the past, and that we need to ignore and forget about - the ramifications from that signing still have effects today.
"The thing I find the most interesting, and that's reflected at Te Rau Aroha, is that just five years after that signing, we were at war in the North.
"How did we get to being at loggerheads with one another after signing this agreement, that we would work with one another and we would respect each other, and each other's mana?
"There are two sides to every story - and as a nation, we've possibly only received one perspective of that whole sweep of New Zealand history.
"And so for me, Waitangi Day is a chance to say, well, what are some other views? What are some of those other perspectives that there might be, of what happened, and what the consequences and impacts might be for those people, in particular, Māori?
"And what can we do about it? What can I do, as a citizen?
"Let's talk together again - really reflecting and looking deep inside to gain a better understanding of history, and what that might mean, from a different perspective."