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Tino rangatiratanga flags at Parliament

Tino rangatiratanga flags at Parliament

The meaning and significance of the different articles of the Treaty of Waitangi are still debated. The two versions of the treaty – in English and in Māori – have complicated the debate. Some Māori dispute that sovereignty was ever ceded to Britain; others argue that the terms of the treaty have not been honoured. Māori discontent about breaches of the treaty was expressed through a hīkoi (march) to Wellington when these flags symbolising tino rangatiratanga (Māori sovereignty) were raised outside Parliament.

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Reference: 6 May 2004, p. A2
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John Wilson, 'Nation and government - The origins of nationhood', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 June 2024)

Story by John Wilson, updated 1 Sep 2016