Couple cycle up towards Flagstaff Hill Russell
Tourists on electric mountain bikes cycle up to Flagstaff Hill, Russell
Visitors can enjoy 360 degree views of the Bay of Islands from this important historic site – the Union Jack was first flown here in 1840, then chopped down four times up till 1845 as a symbolic gesture against British rule.
Some Maori in the Bay believed that the Union Jack was a symbol of their loss of authority and prosperity and they believed terms of the Treaty were not being honoured. The first four flagstaff’s were cut down by Hone Heke and his cohorts as an objection to British sovereignty sparking the Northland wars. The flagstaff was never erected again during the lifetime of Heke (Maingay 1989)
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