Dunedin City Council is the only Southern territorial
authority to fly the Maori flag this Waitangi Day, but a
kaumatua hopes other councils will follow its lead.
The DCC has flown the tino rangatiratanga every Waitangi Day
since 2008, and consults with local runanga before flying the
Maori sovereignty flag on the civic centre building.
DCC communications and marketing manager Graham McKerracher
said to his knowledge the flag had never been an issue in
Dunedin, but ''in some places may be controversial''.
The Queenstown Lakes District Council, Clutha District
Council, Gore District Council and Southern District Council
would not fly the flag as the possibility of doing so had
never been raised.
The Otago Regional Council and Invercargill City Council
would not fly the flag due to their offices being closed.
A spokesman for Waitaki District Council said flags were
flown ''under instruction'' from the Department of Internal
Affairs and there was no plan to fly the tino rangatiratanga.
Environment Southland never flies flags, except on occasions
when Internal Affairs requests the New Zealand flag should be
flown at half-mast.
The Central Otago District Council was not in a position to
comment on the flag yesterday.
Otakou kaumatua Edward Ellison said he received a call from
Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull about flying the flag, and, ''we had
no issues with it''.
''We have a closer working relationship with the DCC than the
other councils, but over time, as we develop those other
relationships these sorts of things might come to pass.
''We think it is good and an appropriate thing to do on
The Ngai Tahu Treaty Festival will be held at Onuku Marae, in
Akaroa, this year.
The annual event is shared between the three locations where
Ngai Tahu signed the Treaty of Waitangi: Te Rau Aroha Marae,
at Awarua (Bluff), Otakou Marae and at Onuku Marae, Banks