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14 December 2009

The government recognised the Māori (Tino Rangatiratanga) flag as the preferred national Māori flag.

12 June 1902

The New Zealand blue ensign that had been adopted for use on government ships in 1869 was proclaimed as ‘the recognised flag of the colony'

23 October 1869

The design of the New Zealand ensign that was to be flown by ships owned by the colonial government was established by a proclamation by the governor, Sir George Bowen

20 March 1834

A New Zealand flag was first suggested in 1830 after Sydney customs officials seized a Hokianga-built ship.

Articles

New Zealand's 19th-century wars

War changed the face of New Zealand in the 19th century. Many thousands of Māori died in the intertribal Musket Wars between the 1810s and the 1830s. There were more deaths during the New Zealand Wars of the 1840s to 1870s between some Māori and the Crown, which for many tribes had dire consequences. Read the full article

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Many Maori in the 19th century saw the Union Jack as a potent symbol of Great Britain's power in New Zealand. In the New Zealand Wars, Maori who resisted government forces often

Empire Day

Empire Day (24 May), celebrated widely in New Zealand from 1903, was a major event in the viceregal calendar. Read the full article

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Empire Day (24 May), celebrated widely in New Zealand from 1903, was a major event in the viceregal

Taming the frontier

In 1832 James Busby was appointed as the official British Resident to New Zealand. After arriving in the Bay of Islands in May 1833 he took steps to tame what he saw as a chaotic frontier society. Read the full article

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The selection of the flag of the United Tribes of New Zealand as New Zealand's first flag

Armistice Day

After four terrible years, fighting in the First World War finally ended with the signing of an armistice between Germany and the Allies on 11 November 1918. New Zealanders celebrated enthusiastically, despite having recently celebrated the surrenders of the three other Central Powers and the premature news of an armistice with Germany. Read the full article

Page 3 - False armistice

On 7 November 1918 the Prime Minister assured the public - following rumours to the contrary - that the government was not holding back news of a German surrender. The next

Flags of New Zealand

The New Zealand flag hasn't always been our official flag. It was adopted in 1902, replacing the Union Jack. Between 1834 and 1840, the flag of the United Tribes was recognised as our first 'national' flag. Waitangi Day 2010 saw the first official recognition of the national Māori flag. Read the full article

Page 1 - Flags of New Zealand

The New Zealand flag hasn't always been our official flag. It was adopted in 1902, replacing the Union Jack. Between 1834 and 1840, the flag of the United Tribes was recognised as

Page 2 - United Tribes flag

On 20 March 1834, 25 chiefs from the Far North and their followers gathered at Waitangi to choose a flag to represent New

Page 3 - Union Jack

The Union Jack served as New Zealand's flag from 1840 until 1902

Page 4 - The NZ flag

The maritime origins of the New Zealand flag from 1865 to 1902

Page 5 - Other official flags

Six flags other than the New Zealand flag are flown for official purposes in New

Page 6 - The national Māori flag

A history of the national Māori (Tino Rangatiratanga)

Page 7 - Flag debates

The design and use of the national flag has always attracted debate

Page 8 - Flag referenda

In 2016 New Zealanders voted to keep the current national flag.

Page 9 - Further information

Find out more about New Zealand's

Schools and the First World War

Schools and children were quickly called into action at the outset of the First World War in 1914. Developing patriotic, fit and healthy citizens was seen as important to the survival of the country and the Empire. Hundreds of teachers joined the NZEF, including many from sole-teacher schools. Almost 200 never returned. Read the full article

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In late 1917 district education boards ordered that children salute the New Zealand flag at the start of each school day. Some teachers opposed this as too

He Whakaputanga - Declaration of Independence

 On 28 October 1835,  34 rangatira signed He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni (the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of New Zealand).  Read the full article

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 On 28 October 1835,  34 rangatira signed He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni (the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of New

La Maison Quercitaine de Nouvelle-Zélande in Le Quesnoy.

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