6 February is Waitangi Day in New Zealand

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6 February is Waitangi Day in New Zealand .
“The red duster.”
Rachel Thomas for StuffNZ writes: “Adopted in 1903, the New Zealand red ensign, also known as ‘the red duster”, was based on the red ensign flown for centuries by merchant ships registered in the United Kingdom. The red ensign has sometimes been flown incorrectly, both here in New Zealand and overseas, in the belief that it’s the national flag (blue flag ). The red ensign may be flown on land in places or on occasions which are significant to Maori, alongside the name of the iwi, hapu or waka.”
On ferry from Auckland to Rangitoto Island – 16 Oct 2010 (© HL).

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