The New Zealand Royal Navy Band also treated them to great performances. A display was also carried out by New Zealand Royal Air Force Checkers and at midday a vessel from the navy fired 21 gun salutes. While previous celebrations have attracted disorder and protest, 2013 was notably different. It was peaceful and according to the chairwoman of Maori Wardens Association, Taka Hei, this year the message for the celebrations was one of hands off and non-violence.
She said they were glad not to witness a repeat of nasty things that happened in the last year. In 2012, John Key, the prime minister had no option but to shorten his speech when the crowd got unruly. Other locations in New Zealand marked the day differently but they all had the same goal, to celebrate Waitangi Treaty.