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The Fencing of Swimming Pools Act was introduced to protect young children from the danger of drowning.
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The Maori United
Tribes flag is flying outside of the Council Service Centre in Rangiora today
and will remain aloft alongside the New Zealand flag until after Waitangi Day.
choose a flag
On 20 March
1834, 25 chiefs from the Far North and their followers gathered at Waitangi to
choose a flag to represent New Zealand. A number of missionaries, settlers and
the commanders of 10 British and 3 American ships were also in attendance at
Busby's address, each chief was called forward in turn to select a flag, while
the son of one of the chiefs recorded the votes. The preferred design, a flag
already used by the Church Missionary Society, received 12 out of the 25 votes,
with the other two designs receiving 10 and 3 votes respectively. Busby
declared the chosen flag the national flag of New Zealand and had it hoisted on
a central flagpole, accompanied by a 21 gun salute from HMS Alligator.
The new flag was
then sent back to New South Wales for passage to King William IV. The King
approved the flag, and a drawing of it was circulated through the Admiralty
with instructions to recognise it as New Zealand's flag. It came to be known as
the Flag of the United Tribes of New Zealand in recognition of the title used
by the same chiefs when they met again.
that the flag would provide a means for encouraging Māori to act collectively
was partially fulfilled when many of the chiefs involved went on to sign the
Declaration of Independence in 1835. To Māori, the United Tribes flag was
significant in that Britain had recognised New Zealand as an independent nation
with its own flag, and in doing so, had acknowledged the mana of the Māori chiefs.
As only northern chiefs were involved in choosing the flag, it became
particularly significant to northern Māori.
By way of oral
history and tradition, the flag remains important to successive generations of
northern Māori today. The flag could be sighted flying in various locations
around the Bay of Islands, as well as on ships plying their trade to Sydney.
Ships calling at other ports in New Zealand led to the flag's use in other
parts of the country as well.