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Painting of Heke cutting down the flagstaff, 1908 (Alexander Turnbull Library, A-004-037)

It was 175 years ago, in January 1845, that Hone Heke became a figure in New Zealand folklore when he axed the flagstaff at Russell again. Quote.

The first M?ori to sign the Treaty of Waitangi, Ng?puhi chief H?ne Heke P?kai soon became disenchanted with the consequences of colonisation. He expressed his outrage by repeatedly attacking the flagstaff on the hill above Koror?reka (Russell).

H?ne Heke chopping down the British flag is an enduring image in New Zealand history. Traditional P?keh? interpretations portrayed him as a ?rebel? who was finally subdued by ?good Governor? George Grey. In reality, questions of authority in the north remained unresolved well after 1840, years in which the Bay of Islands also lost its political and economic importance.

Te Haratua, Heke?s right-hand man, first attacked the flagstaff in July 1844. The British re-erected it, but it was levelled twice in January 1845. A fourth attack on the flagstaff on 11 March signalled the outbreak of war in the north.

The ?Flagstaff War? was no simple matter of M?ori versus British ? two Ng?puhi factions squared off against each other. Heke and Kawiti fought both the Crown and Ng?puhi led by T?mati W?ka Nene. The fighting ended in a stalemate in January 1846. End quote.

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Well that is not strictly true now, is it? Various Ngapuhi factions are still fighting amongst themselves over Treaty issues.

C’mon guys – 175 years! Sort it out.

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