Flagstaff Hill Russell
Share
mail
License license
loading...
Loading ...

Panoramic photo by David Rowley EXPERT MAESTRO Taken 03:07, 29/09/2012 - Views loading...

Advertisement

Flagstaff Hill Russell

The World > Pacific Ocean Islands > Polynesia > New Zealand > Northland

  • Like / unlike
  • thumbs up
  • thumbs down

After the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in February 1840 at Waitangi, across the bay, relations between the Ngāpuhi and Pākehā (used by the Ngāpuhi to mean British European) began to deteriorate. Hone Heke, a local Māori chief, identified the flagstaff flying the Union Jack above the bay at Kororareka as the symbolic representation of the loss of control by the Ngāpuhi in the years following the signing of the Treaty. There are a number of causes of Heke's anger, such the fact that the capital of New Zealand had been moved from Okiato (Old Russell) to Auckland in 1841, and the colonial government had imposed customs duties on ships entering the Bay of Islands, these and other actions of the colonial government were viewed by Heke as reducing the trade between the Ngāpuhi with the foreigners. Traders in the Bay of Island also ferment trouble by saying that flag-staff, flying the Queen's flag; showed that the country [whenua] was gone to the Queen, and that the Ngāpuhi were no longer their own masters, but slaves to Queen Victoria.

The flagstaff was cut down for the first time on 8 July 1844, by Te Haratua, an ally of Hone Heke. Heke had set out to cut down the flagstaff but had been persuaded by Archdeacon William Williams not to do so. The flagstaff was replaced and troops sent to guard the flagstaff. On 10 January 1845 the flagstaff was cut down a second time, on this occasion by Hone Heke. On 18 January 1845, a flagstaff sheathed in iron was erected. The next morning the flagstaff was cut down again by Hone Heke. The next attack on the flagstaff by Hone Heke was a much more serious incident, Hone Heke's warriors attacked the guard post, killing all the defenders and Heke cut down the flagstaff for the fourth time. At the same time, possibly as a diversion, Te Ruki Kawiti and his men attacked the town of Kororareka. This was the beginning of what would be called the 'Flagstaff War' or the 'Northern War'. In 1846 Hone Heke and Te Ruki Kawiti agreed peace terms with the government. The British colonial government did not re-erect the flagstaff again, fearing to provoke further conflict.

The flagstaff that now stands at Kororareka was erected in January 1858 at the direction of Kawiti's son Maihi Paraone Kawiti; with the flag being named Whakakotahitanga, “being at one with the Queen. As a further symbolic act the 400 Ngāpuhi warriors involved in preparing and erecting the flagstaff were selected from the ‘rebel’ forces of Kawiti and Heke – that is, Ngāpuhi from the hapu of Tāmati Wāka Nene (who had fought as allies of the British forces during the Flagstaff War), observed, but did not participate in the erection of the fifth flagpole. The restoration of the flagpole was presented by Maihi Paraone Kawiti was a voluntary act on the part of the Ngāpuhi that had cut it down in 1845, and they would not allow any other to render any assistance in this work. The continuing symbolism of the fifth flagstaff at Kororareka is that it exists because of the goodwill of the Ngāpuhi.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flagstaff_Hill,_New_Zealand

comments powered by Disqus

Nearby images in Northland

map

A: Russell Warfe

by Asset Imaging Photography, 780 meters away

one of the first ports of call for sailing vessels in the 1800's, the history still exists in its bui...

Russell Warfe

B: Paihia Ferry Wharf, Bay of Islands

by Jan Dunlop, 3.8 km away

The town of Paihia is the gateway to the Bay of Islands. Most ferries and tours leave from this wharf.

Paihia Ferry Wharf, Bay of Islands

C: Paihia Dawn, Bay of Islands

by Jan Dunlop, 3.9 km away

Paihia is a cute little town in the heart of the Bay of Islands in New Zeland.

Paihia Dawn, Bay of Islands

E: Taumarere Railway Bridge near Kawakawa

by Jan Dunlop, 11.9 km away

Taumarere Railway Bridge near Kawakawa

F: Bay of Islands Vintage Railway

by Jan Dunlop, 14.8 km away

The Bay of Islands Vintage Railway Trust is a heritage railway in Kawakawa, in Northland in New Zeala...

Bay of Islands Vintage Railway

G: Aerial sunrise over the Bay of Islands, New Zealand

by Glenn McLelland, 16.0 km away

This panorama was shot using a small remote controlled 'drone' helicopter from a height of 300ft.

Aerial sunrise over the Bay of Islands, New Zealand

H: Rainbow Falls

by Connor McKee, 16.8 km away

Panorama taken from the ovservation platform at the top of Rainbow Falls, New Zealand; one of the mos...

Rainbow Falls

I: Oakura Bay

by Asset Imaging Photography, 25.3 km away

Oakura Bay is one of the most special of northlands' coastline. Steeped in history, it is well-known ...

Oakura Bay

J: The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs

by Glenn McLelland, 26.7 km away

The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs

This panorama was taken in Northland

This is an overview of Northland

Auckland is the commercial capital of New Zealand but anything to the North can be considered "Northland". Preferred destination for tourists and workers alike when surf, sand, diving and fishing is involved. It has a solid rural base of Dary, Beef and Sheep as well as horticulture and wineyards.

Whangarei is the regional city on the way up to Cape Reinga at the northernmost tip of the island.

Share this panorama