NZ History remembered at Flagstaff Lodge

This week we are flying New Zealand’s first flag as we remember a fascinating part of the early history of Aotearoa/New Zealand.  On 28 October 1835, a group of about 50 Northern Maori chiefs, who became known as the United Tribes of New Zealand, signed a document declaring New Zealand to be independent.  It was part of a strategy by Maori (and the British Resident, James Busby) to retain sovereignty whilst gaining British recognition and to halt the progress of Frenchman, Charles De Thierry from staking a claim for France. A copy of the Declaration was sent to England and was acknowledged, with the flag, by William IV. It was not however, well received by the British Colonial Office, so the scene was set for another ‘conversation’ which ultimately resulted in the Treaty of Waitangi some 5 years later. As for the flag, it was selected by broadly the same group of chiefs in 1834 from 3 different versions put together by Busby & Henry Williams, hence the ‘Anglo’ style. Once registered, it enabled Maori to continue their maritime trading interests with properly flagged ships. Today, it is the only flag flown on the historic flagstaff on Flagstaff/Maiki hill from which we take our name.

New Zealand's First Flag 1834

New Zealand’s First Flag 1834