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Hone Heke (1807 - 1850)

16 Jun 2016

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Biography, History, Māori

Where can I find information about Hone Heke?

LEVEL: Intermediate

Hone Heke (Hone Wiremu Heke Pokai) was a Māori leader from the Ngāpuhi tribe, born in the early 1800s in the far north of New Zealand.  He was known for his political involvement leading up to the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi and later the chopping down of the flagpole at Russell.

NZHistory is a great website for information about New Zealand Aotearoa. If we go all the way down the page we can see that the website belongs to the Ministry for Culture & Heritage, so the information is well-researched and reliable. Use the search bar and search for 'Hone Heke' to find a brief biography on Hone Heke. Other resources from NZHistory that are useful to explore include a Timeline of Treaty Events (including what led to the flagpole being chopped down) and articles on The Northern War

Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand is another excellent starting point for all questions about New Zealand Aotearoa. If we scroll down to the bottom of the page we can see that the website also belongs to the Ministry for Culture & Heritage. For some more in-depth information, click the Biographies tab on the main page. Then, select H and scroll down to find Hone Heke's biography.

HOT TIP: We like sites like this because they’re reliable. You can tell because of their web address – they have either .govt or .ac, meaning they are from government or educational organisations. They’re also New Zealand sites, so relevant for us.

There is also some information about Hone Heke and the flagpole on the Christchurch City Libraries site. Scroll to the bottom of that page to read about Hone Heke

If you are looking for book resources, ask your school librarian or try at your local public library. You should be able to search the public library's catalogue online using keywords associated with your search, in this case Hone Heke.

HOT TIP: Also check out our entries on the Treaty of Waitangi for more links.

He Died of tuberculosis
Jack, Kings

He was a famous warrior
Anonymous

HONE HEKE CUT THE FLAGPOLE DOWN 3TIMES AND THE 4TH WAS CUT BY HIS COUSIN KAWITI DUE TO HONE MAKING A PROMISE TO THE PEOPLE THAT "HE" WOULDNT CUT IT DOWN AGAIN. THE REASON HE CUT IT WAS THE CAUSE OF THE FLAG FLYING ON IT.
kiinGSTONE, MANGERE COLLEGE

HONE HEKE IS A TRU MAORI STANDS UHP FOA HIS RITES
TINO PAI HONE HEKE
RIP HONE HEKE ``
NOOROA, OAS

hone heke was a maori cheif warrior and was born in pakaraka south of kerikeri. his reason for chopping down the flaggstaff was bcoz the brittish didnt go with what the treaty said. so he cut it down. but for that reason i think that he done the right thing and helped us save our country. RIP HEKE
chanya-rose, tokoroa

the first time the flag pole got chopped down hone heke actually got one of his chiefs tto do it. but it was all his idea but he had to do something at the time
i think we will remember him for ever more for that
nerissa, northland college

i love hone heke he is amaing :L
levana, avondale college

Hone Heke was a man who stood up for th rights of his people , when th British tried to take over New Zealand :)
Sonya, McAuley High

Hone Heke is AWESUM!!! he stood uph 4 maori rights... CHURR MAORI =)
Stacey, Otaki College

hone heke is a true worrior that stood upp for his rytes and he was a very good worrior to the maori< he was a chief from the bay of islands ........hone heke is a true experence hahahahah lolz....
lexziiz, otahuhu college

i heart hone heke he is a warrior and a ledgend ;) AMEN
jannelle mansson, avondale college

hone heke is a true worrier if only all maoris could be like him!! rip heke
anahera

Hone Heke was a maori chief warrior and was born in Pakaraka, south of Kerikeri. His reason for chopping down the flagstaff was because the British didn't go with what the treaty said. So Hone Heke cut the flagpole down. ~ Churr !! Chanya-Rose from Tokoroa, I stole this from you :D get some spelling lessons !! ;3 Jannelle: You're a boss :D xxxx
Maddy Crutchley, Avondale College

he awesome bro
bob, bps

Hone Heke cut down the flagpole because the British had disobeyed the treaty and didn't actually understand it. By putting their flag on the top of the flagpole it had signified that the british owned all the land and the Maori's owned nothing when it was the other way around.
T**************, Avondale College

hone heka did the right thing
bob, avondale college

Died at 43 years old
Unknown, Puke int

Hone heke was the best chief ever
luseane, othc

He had formed a strong relationship with one of the missionaries Henry Williams who had guaranteed him that the Maori right would be protected.
Unknown, Mangere College

Hone Heke was an inspiration to a lot of people. The fact that he repeatedly cut the flagpole down expresses how protective he is of his people.
Tia Toiu, Mangere College

I am Hone Hekes daughter! he was the best chief ever, and I am going to follow his footsteps :) Love you Daddy xoxo
ANNA AKI, MANGERE COLLEGE

hes the man alright
MR E

best great ancestor ever!!!!!!
very inspiring
kylie james, calen district state collage

ANNA AKI, MANGERE COLLEGE
how are u his daughter
kyle, caln

Hone Heke died on the 6th of August 1850
ledina, mahsellen

INSPIRING
KATRINA, MANUREWA HIGH SCHOOL

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