"We have maintained a silence closely resembling stupidity" - Neil Roberts

Until we have legislation adopted into law to ensure fiduciary accountability and transparency in public affairs we will continue to have human rights breached because the existing crown immunity and lack of any independent oversight invites corruption to flourish.

"Question authority, and think for yourself" - Timothy Leary

"We have maintained a silence closely resembling stupidity" - Neil Roberts

"Information is the currency of democracy" - Thomas Jefferson

‎"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever does." - Margaret Mead

"The truth is like a lion, you don't have to defend it. Let it loose, it will defend itself."

"I = m c 2 [squared] where "I" am information" - Timothy Leary

"Ring the bells that still can ring, forget your perfect offering, there's a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in." Leonard Cohen

"The internet is a TV that watches you"

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

He Kara - Te Hakituatahi o Aotearoa - Te Tohu Pono o Te Whakaputanga o te Tangata Whenua o Aotearoa:

Te Hakituatahi ō Aotearoa (The First Flag of New Zealand)

Te Hakituatahi ō Aotearoa (the First Flag of New Zealand) was first hoisted in 1834 and gazetted in the New South Wales Gazette on 19 August 1835 as the flag of The United Tribes of New Zealand or Te Wakaminenga ō ngā Hapu ō Nu Tireni. Up until that date, New Zealand built ships were not registered and hence received no international recognition and could legally be treated as pirates. 

When the Sir George Murray was seized and sold and her cargo impounded in 1830, something had to be done. On 28 October 1835 the United Tribes of Aotearoa declared their independenceunder this flag, granted and recognised by the Crown of England, which became known as "Flag of the Confederation of Chiefs of the United Tribes of New Zealand and the Crown of England".

The image above has been drawn based on The New Zealand Official Yearbook 1998. This flag can also be viewed in Te Papa Tongarewa, the museum of New Zealand, in the Signs of a Nationexhibit.
When first gazetted, the description neglected the black border on the smaller St George's cross and did not specify the number of points of the stars. Hence various variations on this flag have been flown as the flag of the United Tribes. 
The heraldic description (quoting from the Yearbook): "on a white field, a red St George's cross, in the upper canton, next to the staff on a blue field, a smaller St George's cross in red, severed from the blue by a fimbriation of black, half the width of the red and in the centre of each blue quarter a white eight point star."

He Kara has never been decommissioned, and remains the official flag of the United Tribes of Aotearoa, a potent symbol (tohu) of our independence and sovereignty, he whakaputanga.  John Key's recent $26,000,000 flag fiasco completely ignored this FACT and was an utter waste of $26,000,000 and an insult to tangata whenua.