Story: Kīngitanga – the Māori King movement

Kīngitanga flags: Pōtatau Te Wherowhero's flag (1st of 3)

Kīngitanga flags: Pōtatau Te Wherowhero's flag

The flag in the centre of this image was hoisted at Haurua in the Waikato on 3 April 1857 when Pōtatau Te Wherowhero accepted the title of first Māori king. It bears the words 'Nui Tireni' (a Māori-language form of 'New Zealand') and three symbols, said to represent the country's three main islands.

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

Rahui Papa and Paul Meredith, 'Kīngitanga – the Māori King movement - Origins of the Kīngitanga', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/37842/kingitanga-flags-potatau-te-wherowheros-flag (accessed 22 March 2019)

Story by Rahui Papa and Paul Meredith, published 20 Jun 2012