Collection: Tino Series


The Tino Rangatiratanga flag has become synonymous to represent indigenous autonomy, authority and independence. In the second article of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Māori are granted tino rangatiratanga, the exclusive and undisturbed possession and authority of their whenua, kainga and taonga. 

The Tino Rangatiratanga flag was originally designed by Hiraina Marsden, Jan Dobson and Linda Munn in 1989. Rerehua Boutique are honoured to have Whaea Linda Munn's blessing for the Tino Series taonga.

The Tino flag design depicts a koru, the curling frond that represents an unfolding of new life. The imagery symbolises an indigenous worldview of creation, potential, life and beyond. 

  • Te Korekore, potential being (pango)
  • Te Whai Ao, coming into being (whero)
  • Te Ao Mārama, the realm of being and light (mā) 



The 'Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of New Zealand'

The He Whakaputanga or United Tribes flag was created in 1834. It was necessary for Māori to choose a flag so that they could continue to participate in the major trading markets and adhere to navigation laws for ships to operate. 

The flag came to represent the He Whakaputanga Declaration, which is often described as the tuakana to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. It was a declaration to the world that Māori were a sovereign people and an independent state.  This was signed in 1835 at Waitangi and sent to Britain where it was recognised and reaffirmed by King William IV. 

Proceeds from the Tino Series are donated to a range of iwi and community initiatives.