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Flying the National Māori Flag on Waitangi Day

News: 5 February 2019

Wednesday 6 February 2019 marks the 179th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi / Te Tiriti o Waitangi, New Zealand’s founding document.

Waitangi Day is an appropriate time to fly the National Māori Flag. Flying the New Zealand Flag together with the National Māori Flag on days of national significance such as Waitangi Day symbolises and enhances the Crown-Māori relationship.

If you wish to recognise this day by flying the National Māori Flag simply click on the following link for the background, symbolism and protocols of the flag.

National Māori Flag

As well as the annual event to be held at Waitangi, many communities around the country will be commemorating the day in a variety of ways. The Commemorating Waitangi Day Fund, administered by Manatū Taonga, has allocated $288,000 this year to groups to help support events that promote nation and community building. If you are interested in what is happening in your area please check out the link below for a list of successful applicants.

Waitangi Day Fund 2019 Successful Applicants

We hope you enjoy the day no matter how you choose to commemorate it.


Updated on 7th February 2019