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Harawira wants Kiwis to love Maori Flag

Feb 5th, 2010 | By | Category: Diversity, Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

HoneMAINTAI Tokerau MP Hone Harawira says the tinorangatiratanga flag is not a symbol of hatred – and wants all kiwis to embrace it.
Mr Harawira (right) recently quit a  trust  set up to collect royalties from flag sales, after being cautioned by Prime Minister John Key.

The flag they call the tino rangatiratanga flag was launched as the “Maori flag” in 1990 and first flown at Waitangi on February 6 that year, he says.

“In 2010 we honour the fact that 20 years later it has become the flag chosen by 80% of Maori as our national flag,” says Mr Harawira.

“Who on earth would want to hate that?”

Mr Harawira says race relations in New Zealand have not been dealt with honestly and the Treaty should be the basis for harmonious relations and governance in New Zealand.

“They will continue to be an issue until this country wakes up to its real history.”

He is critical of recent negative mainstream media coverage, because his views are completely different from that of other MPs.

“They like to put us in boxes so they can explain us to their audiences easier.”

He says there is a desperate need for unity within Maoridom in 2010.

However, high profile critic Buddy Mikaere says the situation is not one of total despair.

“I don’t know if it’s desperate, but the whole Treaty claims process is forcing that kind of change,” says Mr Mikaere.

“In recent times, the forestry settlement in CNI (Central North Island) has been a good model that people can use by working together. The last couple of decades have been divisive.”

Waitangi Day celebrations were due to start today at the Copthorne Resort in Waitangi, where the Governor-General will host a reception for the Diplomatic Corps, and representatives from the Government and Maoridom.

Flag Facts

  • The Maori flag was designed in 1990 by Hiraina Marsden, Jan Smith and Linda Munn.
  • The whole colours represent the balance of natural forces, masculine and feminine, with a white swirl that can symbolise the cloud over Aotearoa, the land of the long white cloud.
  • In December last year, John Key agreed for the flag to be flown on Waitangi Day at significant sites to recognise the partnership between the Crown and Maori under the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.
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  1. Fastest way to ensure a flag doesn’t get universal backing – make sure only one group owns it.

    A flag should reflect a national identity, and should be in the public domain. Having a copyright on a flag is completely wrong.

    It either belongs to one person (the designer), or all of Maoridom, and hence to all of NZ. You can’t have your pie and eat it too.

    Just my $0.02 worth.

    – Jack M.

  2. change the new zealand flag is a bad idea because every one knows it and if they change it no one will know what it looks like so what if it looks someones elses

    this is your host kieran humphries
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  3. Its an ugly communist/anarchist flag – not Maori at all!

    sure you can find something better. Anyway there is another Maori flag, what’s wrong with that?

  4. I love this flag. It is so much more striking and has so much more depth of meaning than our current flag (or any defaced British ensign flag for that matter).

    We need to follow Canada’s (huge) lead and choose a flag that identifies us as New Zealanders not as a colonial outpost. They managed to do it in 1965 – what are we waiting for?

    While this exact flag might not be the one all New Zealanders agree on it is a step in the right direction.

    Graham says “Its an ugly communist/anarchist flag – not Maori at all!” and he is welcome to his opinion but I believe he is forcing European values and symbolism onto the colours used. If you do a little research that in Maoridom red, white and black do not symbolise anarchy or communism. As to whether it is ugly or not that is clearly a matter of opinion.

    In my opinion our current flag is ugly and this stands out as a paragon of beauty by comparison.

    FYI I am a Pakeha male of and Danish, English, Scottish and Irish ancestry (in case you assumed otherwise).

  5. It is very much maori in design and color, however, it will not suffice as New Zealands national flag as we being a multi-nationality country.

    All kiwi’s are not maori and there will be those who will refuse to embrace it simply because they are not of maori descendant.

    Chosen by 80% of maori to be our national flag clearly states it has made an impact on maori in New Zealand and awareness of its presence in many quests, movements and rally’s throughout the country over the years, but what of the maori abroad and living overseas?

    Some maori may not support or even criticize what they believe the flag represents, others have been misguided in its portrayal by the public media as being labeled a “hate” flag and are in conflict of what the flag actually means, if there is doubt and conflict in what the flag stands for then it is truly not the flag of a nation.

    I’m sure some New Zealanders would agree upon a flag change if the opportunity was presented, but such a flag designed that would be agreed to by all i cant see happening.

    The flag is a symbol of maoridom which recognizes the indigenous people of New Zealand, it is neither a “hate” flag nor a “protest” flag but it is a flag that most kiwi’s know as the “Maori flag”, sadly, it doesn’t represent New Zealand or New Zealanders as a whole.

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