Maori leader bans Hate Flag from Waitangi

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Ngapuhi leader and chief of Hone Hekes hapu, David Rankin, has issued a warning to Government officials and to the Waitangi National Trust that the flying of the Tino Rangatiratanga flag at Waitangi next month will be seen as a direct breach of his hapus Treaty rights.

Mr. Rankins hapu Te Matarahurahu lodged a Treaty claim (Wai-1466) in David RankinMay 2008 for the Treaty grounds at Waitangi, and is preparing an urgent claim to prevent any flying of the Tino Rangatiratanga flag at Waitangi until his claim over the site has been resolved.

I am formally giving notice, Mr Rankin has announced, that if the Tino Rangatiratanga flag which we see as a hate flag is flown over land that is under our claim, we will consider this a further breach of our Treaty rights, and hold the Government directly responsible.

Mr Rankins strongest warning is to the Prime Minister, John Key, If Mr Key does anything to support the Tino Rangatiratanga Hate Flag flag being flown at Waitangi, he will be in breach of our Treaty claim and the urgent injunction we are currently preparing. He would be the first Prime Minister in history to act in such defiance of the Tribunals processes, says Mr Rankin.

Mr. Rankin believes the Tino Rangatiratanga flag will do nothing to advance the countrys race relations and will serve as a beacon for those Maori who he describes as having a chip on their shoulders.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. We continue to say Kotahitanga but yet once again we are being divide by the settlers system! As a supporter of the 1835 flag we need to make some sort of compromise? Yes there is controversy surrounding the Tino Rangatiratanga flag and its statist amongst Maoridom and it’s understand able how this situation has come about, we should be celebrating that at least a Maori flag is flying.

    Other Tupuna’s worked so hard on bring the north & south together under the DOI. we can not let this situation tear us apart, so aroha mai our people, if it helps Hapu’s are arriving at Tii Marae Waitangi on 24th Feb 2010 and no-dought this topic will be at the top of the agenda, so if you would like to have your say please make a effort to attend.

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