Story: Treaty of Waitangi

Kīngitanga flags

Kīngitanga flags

Within 20 years of the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, large areas of land had passed from Māori to Pākehā ownership. Some central North Island tribes wished to retain their lands, and combined under a single leader with the title of the Māori king. Waikato chief Te Wherowhero was declared the first Māori king in 1858. These three flags were flown at Kīngitanga (King movement) gatherings. 

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How to cite this page:

Claudia Orange, 'Treaty of Waitangi - The first decades after the treaty – 1840 to 1860', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 August 2022)

Story by Claudia Orange, published 20 Jun 2012