In 1844 and 1845 Hone Heke repeatedly cut down the flagstaff at Kororareka in protest at what he saw as the denigration by the British Crown of Maori chiefly authority. His symbolic actions were to become mythologised; this artist's impression illustrated a book entitled New Zealand: romance of empire by Reginald Horsley in 1908.
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Freda Rankin Kawharu. 'Heke Pokai, Hone Wiremu', Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, first published in 1990. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, https://teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/1h16/heke-pokai-hone-wiremu (accessed 29 March 2020)