Maori (Tino Rangatiratanga) flag to fly on Waitangi Day

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Update: MP Hone Harawira has argued that the Maori flag should not be called the TR/Tino Rangatiratanga flag. Since it’s creation it has been embraced by those seeking self-directed development and is commonly referred to as such by those who fly it.

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Today PM John Key and Maori Party co-leader Dr Pita Sharples told a news conference that the Maori Flag, also known as the Tino Rangatiratanga Flag will fly side by side with the New Zealand flag on all government buildings, Key’s official residence in Wellington and on the Auckland Harbour Bridge on Waitangi Day (Feb 6).

Colin Espiner, political editor of the Christchurch Press, reported that Key “indicated the Maori flag would not replace the New Zealand flag but would fly alongside it to recognise the partnership the Crown and Maori entered into when signing the Treaty of Waitangi.

No changes are being made to the status of the New Zealand flag,” Mr Key was quoted as saying.

The news came after New Zealand’s cabinet agreed Monday that a Maori sovereignty flag would fly over parliament on the country’s national day next year in a major concession to its indigenous people. Previous governments refused to acknowledge the flag, which has been widely adopted by Tangata Whenua

“It’s a sign of partnership and unity,” Key said. “It’s about the symbolism of partnership on Waitangi Day.”Pita Sharples, Minister of Maori affairs and co-leader of the Maori Party, said flying the flag was a simple way to recognize the status of Maori as the indigenous people and their contribution to New Zealand.

It was reported that more than 1200 submissions were received on which Maori flag should fly from the bridge, and 80 per cent favoured the flag commonly referred to as the ‘tino rangatiratanga’ flag as the preferred Maori flag.

The decision has been celebrated by most however critics argue that it is a token gesture which saw the Maori Party giving National the numbers it needed to pass the ETS, a scheme that may cost over $40 billion to Maori households over the next 40 years resulting in service cuts with increased taxes and privatisation.

4 COMMENTS

  1. To me its not even an issue – the Crown or Key's government can only carry out this policy on buildings or places that are government owned land and structures. Flags are symbolic of nationhood and soveriegnty, the 1834 flag allowed Maori vessels to carry to Asutralia and beyound. I respect the 'tino' flag, it was a rallying point and was a symbol of Maori strength and pride, mostly in protests and recntly on t-shirts and hats. The Treaty is between the Crown and tribes not Maori. Since the 19th century, Iwi and hapu have raised our own flags on days of importance – its should be the Iwi/hapu flags that fly on Waitangi Day!

  2. Flying the Maori flag doesn't signify partnership with the Crown because the other flag is a New Zealand flag, not the UK. It must mean a partnership with the rest of NZ, so where does that leave Maori? A divided nation…. A bad move.
    Also, the second half of the last sentence is nonsense and cannot pass as journalism.

  3. Key said the Maori flag would not replace the New Zealand flag but would fly alongside it to recognise the partnership the Crown and Maori entered into when signing the Treaty of Waitangi. <<< Hmmmmm i think key needs to rephrase this

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