Flags are symbols and representations and this flag represents sovereignty and governship and self determination for maori and for all people within this country.
As Sharples says,
"Flags are a symbol of rallying and being strong. This shows the Government is recognising a relationship with tangata whenua and that's going to be good for Maori and race relations in the long run."
We shall see about that pita. The flag is for the people not the politicians. It says nothing about race relations other than providing a focus for both sides of the debate. And that debate is heating up.