Each successive Māori monarch has his or her own flag. The flag of the third Māori king bears his full name, Kīngi Mahuta Tāwhiao Pōtatau Te Wherowhero, which incorporates the names of his two predecessors. The seven stars represent Te Paki o Matariki (the Pleiades constellation), an important symbol for the Kīngitanga movement. The rainbow represents the god Uenuku and the waka is the Tainui, from which Mahuta and other Waikato Māori principally descend.
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Reference: James Cowan, The Maori, yesterday and today. Christchurch: Whitcombe and Tombs, 1930, p. 85
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