Story: Te Tiriti o Waitangi – the Treaty of Waitangi

Hōne Heke chopping down a flagpole, 1845

Hōne Heke chopping down a flagpole, 1845

This 1908 illustration depicts the scene on a hilltop above Kororāreka (Russell) in the Bay of Islands in 1845. Hōne Heke was the first of more than 40 powerful northern rangatira to sign te Tiriti o Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi) at Waitangi. He later became disappointed at the loss of trade with European ships, and at challenges to his authority. From late 1844 he and his men repeatedly cut down the flagpole above the bay at Kororāreka. In March 1845 Heke cut it down again and fighting broke out at Kororāreka, then spread throughout the Bay of Islands.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
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Photolithograph by Arthur David McCormick

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Claudia Orange, 'Te Tiriti o Waitangi – the Treaty of Waitangi - The first decades after te tiriti – 1840 to 1860', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 December 2023)

Story by Claudia Orange, published 20 Jun 2012, reviewed & revised 28 Mar 2023 with assistance from Claudia Orange