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Te Paki-o-Matariki

Te Paki-o-Matariki

Te Paki-o-Matariki (the fine weather of Matariki) is the coat of arms of the King movement. It was designed by Tīwai Parāone of Hauraki and Te Aokatoa of Waikato and Ngāti Raukawa. The central double helix represents the creation of the world. On the left is the figure of Aitua (misfortune) and on the right, Te Atuatanga (spirituality). The stars above are the Pleiades, and a Christian cross can also be seen. This carving of the coat of arms is on the door to the Māhinārangi meeting house at Tūrangawaewae marae, Ngāruawāhia.

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Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Waikato tribes - The King movement', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/1736/te-paki-o-matariki (accessed 28 February 2020)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2017