Te Tiriti depicts our story: Aotearoa, New Zealand was founded as a partnership between indigenous Maori and the British Crown. Over time exchanges between these and other cultures mixed into unique new blends. Similarly, Te Tiriti harmonises the indigenous, colonial, and assimilated symbols of our country to create an all new but unmistakably Kiwi icon. The Crown formally represents all Kiwis. This crown presents our best self - our collaborative spirit - to the world and for generations to follow. It shows how the beauty of one is increased by embracing and honouring the other. Te Tiriti articulates history and ambition in an eloquent and prestigious expression of what it means to be a New Zealander.
The crown recalls our Commonwealth heritage, enhanced by New Zealand's specific cultural icons.
Atop is the fern: introduced in battle, embraced by sports, and beloved for its Kiwi-ness.
Below are koru, the ferns unfurling fronds: representing new life, growth, strength, and peace.
At the centre is heart: a globally unique declaration of New Zealand's egalitarianism and humanity.
The kaokao body evokes warriors in haka: welcoming, challenging, or acknowledging greatness.
And the mangopare base conveys our tenacity, island status, and love for the natural environment.