"Flag Pole" Paihia Off The Beaten Path Tip by keeweechic
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Waitangi Flag Pole. - Hone Heke (a Maori Chief) was the first person to sign the Treaty of Waitangi. He soon began to fear the Pakeha (or white man) would take all their land. Ironically, he flew the American flag on his war canoe. He cut the flagpole was cut down four times. It became the scene of many protests and fighting between the Maori and the Pakeha. The Governor made peace with Heke but ironically it was only after Hone Heke passed away that the flagpole was re-erected.
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