The first-series £5 banknote is blue-green. The carvings on the sides are based on the memorial tomb of an unknown Māori chief from the Te Kūiti area. The kōwhaiwhai pattern is called Māui and was designed by Tāmati Ngākaho of Ngāti Porou. The hook-like spirals, which feature on Ngāti Porou waka (canoes) and buildings, represent discovery. The denomination is printed on each corner, and is written in numerals and words on the back.
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