Story: Ngā haki – Māori and flags

Pai Mārire flags

Pai Mārire flags

These three flags were all used in the Pai Mārire (Hauhau) faith. The top flag, the flag of prophet Te Ua Haumēne, features the word ‘Kenana’ (Canaan), a club and two heart shapes. The middle flag is Rīwha Titokowaru's flag. Titokowaru, also a prophet of the Pai Mārire faith, led the fight against the government in Taranaki in the late 1860s. At the bottom is the flag of Topia Tūroa, another Pai Mārire adherent.

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How to cite this page:

Malcolm Mullholland, 'Ngā haki – Māori and flags - Māori religious movements and flags', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 11 June 2023)

Story by Malcolm Mullholland, published 20 Jun 2012