This is a new day for politics in New Zealand. A female Prime Minister has broken over a century of practise and is doing a main speech at Waitangi.
Even more: no drama occurred. Anywhere.
I cannot recall the last time any Prime Minister got a reception like this at Waitangi, or anywhere, in the mainstream media. No major protests, no conflict or rudeness, not even any petty rules to negotiate on the day.
They were greeted with drama.
The Prime Minister delivered the drama right back with good, honest politics.
The results were warmly received by all.
Nothing went wrong, everything was positive, there were a number of suitably stirring moments … and the Prime Minister implored all present to hold her government to account on what Maori see has been delivered for them.
Who knows how long this will last. But Prime Minister Ardern is leaving the media spellbound, and all New Zealand watching, listening, and reading it are in the best place in my lifetime to prepare for Waitangi Day itself. I honestly did not think I would live to see this. But I have.