16 Dec 2009

Govt 'conned' over flag - Samuels

6:13 am on 16 December 2009

Former Tai Tokerau MP Dover Samuels says the Maori Party has conned the Government into supporting an extreme agenda with its choice of a Maori flag.

The red black and white tino rangatiratanga, or Maori sovereignty flag will become the national Maori flag and fly from government sites on Waitangi Day.

Prime Minister John Key says the move recognises the partnership the Crown and Maori entered into when signing the Treaty of Waitangi.

But Mr Samuels told Waatea News the flag will always be associated with the Kawariki protest group.