Of the three drawings sent to Britain in 1908 for consideration as a possible coat of arms for New Zealand, this is the one on which the country’s coat of arms was eventually based – after the European woman was made more modest and the Māori man less confrontational. It was by James McDonald, a draughtsman in the Department of Tourist and Health Resorts.
Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi
Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: IA 9 44/30 75
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