March 27, 2015
War flag heading back to Wairoa
The Scottish Borders Council has voted to repatriate a Maori war flag it has held in its museum for more than 90 years.
Wairoa Museum will pay the costs of bringing back the flag, which was domated to Hawick Museum by Scottish watercolour artist Tom Scott in 1921.
The flag was taken by Crown forces in 1865 in the Battle of Omaruhakeke.
It has only been displayed a handful of times.
Councillor Vicky Davidson says there was no good reason for the flag to remain, and there was a strong spiritual, social and political case for the flag to be repatriated to New Zealand.
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