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Tino rangatiratanga flag

Tino rangatiratanga flag

On Waitangi Day in 2010, two flags flew from the Auckland Harbour Bridge. On the right is the New Zealand national flag, incorporating the Union Jack of Great Britain. On the left is the tino rangatiratanga flag, a national Māori flag. In 2009 Prime Minister John Key agreed to a request from Māori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples to fly a flag to recognise the status of Māori as tangata whenua. The Ministry for Culture and Heritage issued official guidelines for using the flags, saying, 'Flying the two flags together on days of national significance such as Waitangi Day symbolises and enhances the Crown-Māori relationship.'

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Janine Hayward, 'Biculturalism - Continuing debates', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 May 2021)

Story by Janine Hayward, published 20 Jun 2012