Story: Ngā haki – Māori and flags

Pōtatau’s Nui Tireni flag

Pōtatau’s Nui Tireni flag

The flag in the centre was the flag of King Pōtatau, the first Māori king. It features a cross, the words ‘Nui Tireni’ (New Zealand) and three symbols which are said to represent the three main islands of New Zealand.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, James Cowan Collection (MS-Papers-0039)
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How to cite this page:

Malcolm Mullholland, 'Ngā haki – Māori and flags - Kīngitanga and Kotahitanga flags', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 May 2022)

Story by Malcolm Mullholland, published 20 Jun 2012