Due to strong winds, the Tino Rangatiratanga flag will not be flown on the Auckland Harbour Bridge today.

A team that included safety engineers had been on standby to raise the flag since dawn, but wind speeds on the bridge were too high making it unsafe for staff attempting to raise it, a New Zealand Transport Agency spokeswoman said.

It was also a potential hazard to traffic if the flag ripped or came away.

All flags were removed from the bridge for the rest of the day.