Story: Flags

Union Jack flag

Union Jack flag

The Union Jack (Britain's flag) replaced the United Tribes flag as the recognised flag of New Zealand after the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840. This imagined scene, painted around 1950, shows a Māori chief signing the treaty before Lieutenant-Governor William Hobson, who is seated at a table covered with a Union Jack.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: NON-ATL-0173
Artwork by Marcus King

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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How to cite this page:

Kerryn Pollock, 'Flags - New Zealand flag', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 July 2024)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 20 Jun 2012, reviewed & revised 20 Apr 2016