The leader of the world's Anglicans has paid tribute to the Maori King on the Turangawaewae Marae on Thursday.
Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams is in New Zealand to chair the Anglican Consultative Council meeting.
He lead delegates onto the marae and later spoke at the powhiri thanking Kingi Tuheitia for the welcome and all that it represents.
Dr Williams told the gathering that the diverse group of Anglicans from around the world that he lead on to the marae came as joyful and grateful guests.
Archbishop Williams also paid tribute to the late Maori Queen, Te Arikinui Dame Te Ataairangi Kaahu and the late Archbishop Sir Paul Reeves.