A panel has been appointed to chose just four designs for the referenda.
You can't win if you're not in, and it's basic art of war strategy to use the momentum of the enemy against him. This idea - please note that I didn't affix any specific comment about how we should change the NZ flag to this - links the two nations that founded this country (such as it is), it symbolises the partnership, or at least the intention of the partnership, with all the ties and obligations that inferred. Including the old with the new, and focusing on this partnership with each other, not Key's Tea Pee Pal's -Pissing-in-each-others-Pockets Party.
And particularly bearing in mind the recent decision of the Privy Council. Who are caught between a rock and a hard one really - who in their right mind would recommend a retrial after the travesties that were the first two trials of a gang glove puppet, used for political purposes.
We need to retain a little of the status quo until certain past agreements have been honoured because we can't trust our politicians, our Police, or our so called justice system. Cutting ties with the Privy Council and the Treaty partner is dangerous and reckless. It has been established that Ngapuhi never ceded sovereignty, and Ngapuhi are presently politely telling the government where they can shove their unlawful 'mandate' also. This idea represents a binding of the partners to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and holds them to account for the past as we head into the future.
Honour the Treaty.
God save the Queen
Anyway, here's my humble contribution to the panel convened by Mr Key to choose the designs for his little referenda, if we were to change it to anything I think we should change it to this:
|Copyright Katherine Raue 2015|
|Copyright Katherine Raue 2015|
This is the government that grossly bungled the raid on Kim Dotcon, who legalised chemical "party drugs" because Peter Dunne's son was a stakeholder in the million dollar con run by Matthew Bowden and his mates - and were then forced to UN-legalise it less than 12 months later - how much did THAT cost again???
This is the same Prime Minister who was forced to "apologise to all New Zealanders" for illegally spying on Dotcon and the rest of us, but proclaimed that if you've got nothing to hide you've got nothing to fear - while running off to bleat to Police about Bradley Ambrose leaving a tape recorder on a table at a media stunt organised by Key and John Archibald Banks - who was convicted of electoral fraud after taking what amounted to bribes from Kim Dotcon - because that's the only way this sly talker can get 'elected' - even with all the help from Warwick Lampp and his mates at ElectioNZ.conjob.
|"Gosh, is that your little handbag Johnny? |
Oh, must be mine then, no worries eh, cheers mate, your shout?"
|"Do you think we invited enough reporters to make sure I get in?"|
"Hope so, hard to tell, does my make up look ok?"
"Yes darl, the plastic surgery was a good touch too.
A real investment in your future"
But I digress. This design for our flag was inspired by my tupuna, and my whanau, whenua, maunga. And from this design, created by Jamie Hurikino, representing our tūrangawaewae, Te Rawhiti.
|- Jamie Hurikino|
The need for a flag to represent New Zealand was first raised in 1830, when the Hokianga-built trading ship Sir George Murray was seized in Sydney by Customs officials. Australia, New Zealand's major trading market, was subject to British navigation laws under which every ship was required to carry an official certificate detailing its construction, ownership and nationality. As New Zealand was not a
British colony, ships built there could not sail under a British flag or register. Without a flag, trading ships and their cargoes were liable to seizure.
Busby takes up the cause
Soon after arriving in the Bay of Islands in 1833 to take up the position of British Resident, James Busby wrote to the Colonial Secretary in New South Wales suggesting the adoption of a New Zealand flag.
Aside from solving the impediment to trans-Tasman trade, Busby also saw a flag as a way to encourage Māori chiefs to work together, paving the way for some form of collective government. The Australian authorities were enthusiastic and some months later forwarded a possible design, four blue horizontal bands on a white background with the Union Jack at top left. This design was deemed unsuitable by Busby as it contained no red, 'a colour to which the New Zealanders are particularly partial, and which they are accustomed to consider as indicative of rank'.
The senior New Zealand-based missionary of the Church Missionary Society, Reverend Henry Williams, was enlisted to design an alternative flag. Williams drew on his experience as a lieutenant in the Royal Navy to draw up three designs, which New South Wales’ Governor Richard Bourke had sewn up and forwarded to Busby on HMS Alligator.
Maori chiefs choose a flag
On 20 March 1834, 25 Far North chiefs and their followers gathered at Busby’s residence at Waitangi to choose a flag to represent New Zealand. A number of missionaries, settlers and the commanders of 10 British and three American ships were also in attendance.
Maori beneath United Tribes flag
Maori beneath United Tribes flag
Following Busby's address, each chief came forward in turn to choose a flag, while the son of one of them recorded the votes. The most popular design, a flag already used by the Church Missionary Society, apparently received 12 votes, with the other two options preferred by 10 and three chiefs. Busby declared the chosen flag the national flag of New Zealand and had it hoisted on a flagpole to the accompaniment of a 21-gun salute from HMS Alligator.
The new flag was then sent back to New South Wales, from where – after some tweaking – it was despatched to King William IV. The King approved the rejigged flag, a drawing of which was circulated via the Admiralty with instructions to recognise it as New Zealand's flag. It came to be known as the Flag of the United Tribes of New Zealand, the title adopted by the group of northern chiefs at subsequent meetings.
South African War medal
United Tribes flag on Sth African War medal
Busby's hope that the flag would encourage Māori to act collectively was partially fulfilled when many of the chiefs involved met again to sign a Declaration of Independence in 1835. To northern Māori, the United Tribes flag meant that that Britain recognised New Zealand as an independent nation, and thereby acknowledged the mana of their chiefs.
The flag continued to fly in various places around the Bay of Islands, and on ships trading with Sydney. Ships calling at other ports spread it around the rest of New Zealand. The United Tribes flag remains relevant and important to Maori, particularly northern Māori, into the twenty first century. This was the flag under which many Maori and British entered into a partnership, in good faith.