This, the Flag of the United Tribes, was NZ’s first flag, and, although unofficial since 1840, is often seen today. According to nzhistory.govt,nz:
“New Zealand’s first official flag was the flag of the United Tribes. It was selected on 20 March 1834 by 25 chiefs from the Far North who, with their followers, had gathered at Waitangi in the Bay of Islands. Missionaries, settlers and the commanders of 13 ships were also present. The official British Resident, James Busby, made a speech and then asked each chief to come forward in turn and select a flag from three possibilities. The son of one of the chiefs recorded the votes. A flag based on the St George’s cross that was already used by the Church Missionary Society is said to have received 12 votes, the other designs 10 and 3. Busby declared the chosen flag the national flag of New Zealand and had it hoisted on a flagpole to a 21-gun salute from HMS Alligator.”

The Chiefs of the Confederation of the United Tribes of New Zealand and the other Chiefs who have not joined the Confederation cede to the Queen of England for ever the entire Sovereignty of their country. –Treaty of Waitangi, Article 1

Let us celebrate it!

By Research Department, One New Zealand Foundation Inc.

While the Treaty of Waitangi gave tangata Maori, “the same rights as the people of England if they gave up their kawanatanga/governments to the Queen”, it did not make New Zealand into a British Colony under one flag, one government and one law.

The flag of New South Wales (since 1876)

After the treaty was signed, New Zealand remained under Governor Sir George Gipps and the dependency and laws of New South Wales.

On 3 May 1841, Queen Victoria’s Royal Charter/Letters Patent dated 16 November 1840 separated New Zealand from New South Wales dependency and New Zealand became an independent British Colony.

Not only did New Zealand became a British Colony on this day, but we were given our first Governor and Constitution that set up our political, legal and justice systems under one flag, one government and one law, irrespective of race, colour or creed.

This document was Our true Founding Document and first Constitution.

The real Independence Day

As some celebrate the Treaty of Waitangi on 6 February, all New Zealanders must celebrate New Zealand’s Independence Day on 3 May every year.

It is the day we became One Nation under One Flag, One government and One Law irrespective of race, colour or creed.