Story: Heke Pōkai, Hōne Wiremu

Hōne Wiremu Heke Pōkai fells the flagstaff at Kororāreka

Felling the flagstaff

In 1844 and 1845 Hōne Heke repeatedly cut down the flagstaff at Kororāreka in protest at what he saw as the denigration by the British Crown of Māori chiefly authority. His symbolic actions were to become mythologised; this artist's impression illustrated a book entitled New Zealand: romance of empire by Reginald Horsley in 1908.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-004-037
Photolithograph by Arthur David McCormick

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How to cite this page:

Freda Rankin Kawharu. 'Heke Pōkai, Hōne Wiremu', Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, first published in 1990. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 July 2022)