Story: Ngā haki – Māori and flags

Kīngitanga flags: Mahuta's flag (1st of 2)

Kīngitanga flags: Mahuta's flag

This flag has the name Kiingi Mahuta Tawhiao Potatau Te Whero Whero printed on it – the full name of the third Māori king, Mahuta. The seven stars represent Te Paki o Matariki, the constellation Pleiades, which was an important symbol for the Kīngitanga (Māori King movement). The rainbow represents the god Uenuku and the canoe represents the Tainui waka.

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Reference: James Cowan, The Māori, yesterday and today. Christchurch: Whitcombe & Tombs, 1930, p. 85

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Malcolm Mullholland, 'Ngā haki – Māori and flags - Kīngitanga and Kotahitanga flags', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 October 2023)

Story by Malcolm Mullholland, published 20 Jun 2012