Ardern serves up a bbq at Waitangi Day ceremony

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern spoke at a dawn ceremony on Saturday (February 6).

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, it was attended by thousands before a barbecue breakfast was served.

During her address she said she acknowledged the partnership between all New Zealanders to "strive for better."

The Treaty of Waitangi is New Zealand's founding document.

Video Transcript

[BACKGROUND CHATTER]

- Cooking up a nice barbecue this morning?

JACINDA ARDERN: Yeah actually, so far so good. Not probably quite as crispy as I've seen it in the past.

- [MAORI CHANTING]

- [SPEAKING MAORI]

JACINDA ARDERN: Today, we mark the Treaty of Waitangi-- Te Tiriti o Waitangi. We acknowledge our partnership, constantly learning, striving for better, holding hope for the future.

[MAORI SINGING]