Manukau Council gets it right finally

Yesterday there was a vote, for the third time in as many years, if you please, about flying a protest flag instead of our national flag from the Council buildings.

Cr. Jami-lee Ross said:

“The tino rangatiratanga flag is not a symbol that represents Manukau City and I’m dismayed that we have to have this debate once again.

“The tino rangatiratanga flag is a flag of division, of racism, and separatism. It has no place flying on Council flagpoles and must not be approved at tonight’s meeting.”

Now before you go off all half-cocked and call racism, Jami-Lee Ross is Ngati-Porou. He goes on:

“Waitangi Day is our national day and we should be flying a flag that represents national pride and unity. New Zealand only has one New Zealand Flag and it is a flag we should be proud of.

“The New Zealand Flag represents all New Zealanders, both Maori and non-Maori alike. There is no need or desire to fly a protest flag alongside it. The tino rangatiratanga flag is not a flag of our country, nor that of all Maori.”

Thankfully a majority of the Council made the right decision last night and voted 9-7. The left and Len Brown weren’t impressed. The council will now only going to be flying the NZ Flag and Council Flag on Waitangi Day.

Roll on the Supercity elections.


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  • old timer

    The correct flag i feel is the 1835 united tribes flag because it’s a better designed flag and has a real history that predates the treaty .I see the “tino” flag and it means division and it is also the maori party flag which makes it political.besides every tribe and every marae have their own flag.

  • kehua

    Maori common denominator : Parochialism, Tribalism, Envy and Jealousy try finding a Flag out of that lot. Ake ake ake.