Â©Tamara Voninski. Protesters climbed a very tall 100m Norfolk Pine Tree to raise the Maori Sovereign flag higher than the New Zealand flag and flagpole at the Treaty grounds at Waitangi on Waitangi Day. Every year Maori protesters find an ingenious way to raise their flag as high as possible. A few years ago, protesters used a kite to fly their flag. In 2005, the New Zealand government passed the controversial Seabed and Foreshore legislation to prevent Maori from claiming exclusive ownership of New Zealand2019s resource rich coastline and seabed. The Maori traditionally see themselves as caretakers of the land and coastline. The Maori population is approximately 530,000 of four million New Zealanders.