What Flag Is That 10.23.21

The flag of the indigenous Polynesian people of mainland New Zealand: The Maori. East Polynesian people started arriving in New Zealand as early as 1320. They developed their own distinct culture including language, mythology and performing arts.

Maori performing a traditional a haka


As people from eastern Polynesian islands migrated to the New Zealand area they first settled in the Chatham Islands. Eventually they moved to the mainland. Today The Maori represent almost 17% of the total population of New Zealand.

As more and more European settlers (mainly English) arrived, at first the relationship was cordial and cooperative. As time moved on this affiliation went from stressed to outright hostility. Animosity led to violence and the Maori would not back down. Europeans ceased, grabbed, stole, millions of acres of Maori land. Once again the Maori would not back down and open violence was common. Finally in 1840 Queen Victoria in a move that Britain hoped would calm things down called a tribunal and along with 500 Maori Chiefs signed the Treaty of Waitangi.

Article two of the treaty states: “The Queen of England agrees to protect the Chiefs, the subtribes and all the people of New Zealand in the unqualified exercise of their chieftainship over their lands, villages and all their treasures.”

As with treaties the USA instituted with our indigenous people, it did not work well for the Maori. Tensions remained high and 120 years after the Waitangi treaty, protests over race relations led to renewed violence. Now 60 years after the 1960’s protests, New Zealand is finally officially recognizing the importance of the Maori contribution to their country.

Protesters in 2004.
Maori soldiers fought in both world wars. Here is a photo of an all Maori unit in Egypt in 1941.
The New Zealand National Rugby team performs a traditional Haka before a match.

The Maori Flag is called the ‘Tino Rangatiratanga, which translates as ‘absolute sovereignty’. “It uses black, white, and red as national colours of New Zealand. The design of the flag references the Māori creation story of Rangi and Papa, suggesting the sky, the earth, and the physical realm of light and being, which was created when they were separated.” “The official recognition of the Tino Rangatiratanga flag resulted from a campaign by indigenous rights advocacy group Te Ata Tino Toa. The group applied for the Tino Rangatiratanga flag to fly on the Auckland Harbour Bridge on Waitangi Day.”

In 2009 The Prime Minister of New Zealand proclaimed the Maori Flag will fly on the Auckland Harbour Bridge, not to replace the official New Zealand Flag but in recognition of the importance of the Maori people and the treaty of Waitangi.
‘A small way to recognize the Maori People as the Tangata Whenua – The People of The Land’

3 responses to “What Flag Is That 10.23.21”

  1. Good one. What does the last sentence mean?



    1. It should say …’ a small way…


    2. It should say …’a small way…. I fixed it.

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