In 1990 there was a national flag competition in New Zealand.
None of the entries showed any Maori acknowledgement or
inspiration. TE KAWARIKI had there their own Maori flag
competition. The winning entry is shown above on this page.
• Black represents Te Korekore the realm of Potential
Being. The long darkness from whence the world emerged. It
represents the heavens. The male element is formless, floating
• White represents Te Ao Marama the realm of Being and
light. It is the physical world, where symbolises purity, harmony
and enlightenment. White also symbolises purity,harmony
enlightenment, and balance.
• The Koru, curling frond shape, represents the unfolding of
new life, that everything is reborn and continues. It represents
renewal and hope for the future.
• Red represents Te Whei Ao, the realm of Coming into
Being. It symbolises the female element. It also represents
gestation. Red is Papatuanuku, the Earth Mother, the sustainer
of all living things. Red is the colour of earth from which the first
human was made.
History of the New Zealand Flag
Flag of the United Tribes of New Zealand (1834-1840)
Following the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi on 6 February
the United Tribes of New Zealand as the official flag of New
Zealand. The new Lieutenant -Governor,
William Hobson, forcibly removed the United Tribes flag from
the Bay of Islands, and had the New Zealand
Company's version of the flag hauled down at Port Nicholson.
Maori Uncut is a premium, unique to New Zealand, cultural experience in the heart of
Abel Tasman National Park
much like the tradion in Israel of the twelve original tribes. In