A national day to commemorate the New Zealand Land Wars has been confirmed.

The day will fall on the 11th of March and will take place at Russell, Northland.

The date and location commemorate the famed act by Ngāpuhi leader Hone Heke who chopped down the British flagstaff at Maiki Hill, Russell.

The action marked the beginning of the Northern Wars and the first of many conflicts between iwi and the crown.

This initiative will be called 'Te Pūtake o Te Riri', and it follows the 'Homai He Rā' campaign, which called on the government to approve a national day and gained over 12,000 signatures in support.

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