Our sticker of the Maori Flag, also known as the Tino Rangatiratanga flag looks great in premium holographic vinyl.
- Sticker Size: 75 mm x 42 mm
- Material: Thick, Premium Vinyl
- This sticker is waterproof, scratch-proof, and weatherproof!
The national Maori Flag was identified through a nationwide consultation process. It is a symbol of Maori Culture, much like the silver fern is a national symbol for a New Zealander. While it does not carry official status it is a symbol of Aotearoa that can complement the New Zealand flag. Flying the two flags together on days of national significance such as Waitangi Day symbolises and enhances the Crown Maori relationship.
The Maori Flag is an unofficial national flag that may be flown all around New Zealand - North Island and South Island, but especially in Wellington (and Auckland) where it is often used by government, the Prime Minister and council to acknowledge the Maori people as Tangata Whenua. It has also been flown on the harbour bridge thanks to support from the likes of Dr Sharples and Te Ata Tino Toa. Sometimes the national Maori flag is referred to as the Maori sovereignty flag. The first New Zealand flag was actually the United Tribes Flag, which was selected by 25 iwi chiefs from the Far North in a gathering at Waitangi in the Bay of Islands even before the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840.
In actual fact, four flags of national significance were identified for consideration as the preferred national Maori flag. These included the New Zealand Flag complete with Union Jack and the New Zealand Red Ensign. The Maori Flag, the Tino Rangatiratanga flag, can be considered similar to the Aboriginal Flag which is nowadays often seen in Australia and the Maori Flag is a symbol of Maori independence and Maori nationalism.
Some of the most famous Maori flags in history were used by prophet Te Kooti including the flag known as Te Wepu (The Whip). The national Maori flag has also been used for protest such as recently in the Maori protest at Ihumātao. The Maori flag is also often brought up in discussions about a new flag for New Zealand and there was a 2016 referendum on the matter.