Story: Ngā haki – Māori and flags

‘Heke meets Black Jack’

‘Heke meets Black Jack’

This 1993 artwork by Clive Arlidge, ‘Heke meets Black Jack’, reflects that fact that in 1844–45 Hōne Heke Pōkai chopped down the flagstaff at Kororāreka, which was flying the Union Jack, four times. Heke had signed the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, but had become disillusioned with the British.

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Malcolm Mullholland, 'Ngā haki – Māori and flags - Early national flags', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 May 2023)

Story by Malcolm Mullholland, published 20 Jun 2012