OP to fly the Māori flag!

 

Following a recommendation from our Board’s Māori advisory committee, Komiti Kawanataka, we ran a survey for all OP tauira and staff asking for their thoughts about flying the Māori flag (Tino Rangatiratanga). 

The votes have now been counted and the decision has been made – we’ll fly the Tino Rangatiratanga flag alongside the New Zealand one! 

This is an exciting step forward as we’ve flown the Māori flag in the past, but not as a permanent fixture. We haven’t set an exact date for when the flag will first be flown but we’ll decide soon and let you know. 

Thanks to all of you who voted and voiced your thoughts about this topic. We’ve enjoyed working alongside OPSA to arrive at this point!

 

Background

The Komiti (comprising rūnaka members) recommended that the flag be flown as they felt it represented the student Māori voice. A survey was then run to allow all students and staff a voice in the consultation process.

The elements of the Tino Rangatiratanga flag represent the three realms:

  • Te Korekore, potential being (black, top)
  • Te Whai Ao, coming into being (red, bottom)
  • Te Ao Mārama, the realm of being and light (white, centre). 

The koru is symbolic of a curling fern frond, representing the unfolding of new life, hope for the future and the process of renewal.  

The Māori flag will fly underneath the New Zealand flag (on the same flagpole).