What do the colours represent in Maori culture?

What do the colours represent in Maori culture?

The white represents the land of the long white cloud, the green shows the land and the triangle shape represents the mountains. The blue represents the sea. The stars show that we are part of the South Pacific and represent all of the people who have fought under the New Zealand flag.

What did Maori use for paint?

Types of pigment Most South Island Māori rock art was painted in black carbon that was derived from soot then mixed with oil and other ingredients. Works in red paint and raw pigment are also fairly widespread in the South Island, often appearing together with black figures.

What is Māori art?

Traditional Māori art was characterised by an integration of form and function. Objects were made to serve a primarily practical or symbolic purpose. They gave visual form and shape to cultural belief systems and expressed spiritual ideas in natural materials such as wood, stone, bone and flax.

Why is black the NZ colour?

From then on, when teams made their first forays into international sport they chose black as their colour. As the story goes, New Zealand had sought to wear black but rules at the time prevented international sides from wearing the colour. Instead, the All Whites were born.

Why are Māori colours red and black?

The symbolism of the flag is as follows: BLACK represents Te Korekore (the realm of potential being). It thus symbolises the long darkness from which the earth emerged, as well as signifying Rangi – the heavens, a male, formless, floating, passive force. RED represents Te Whei Ao (coming into being).

What are the colours in Māori?

Colours include: Ma (white), Kikorangi (blue), Kakariki (green), Whero (red), Mangu (black), Parauri (brown), Karaka (orange) and Kowhai (yellow).

What do Māori patterns mean?

A Maori twist symbolises the path of life. It is believed to have been based on Maori kete basket weaving. The path of life takes many twists and turns but carries on regardless. In the case of the Single Twist, the design means the path of life and can be called the Maori Eternity Symbol.

What colour are Māori people?

The national colours of the Māori, an indigenous people of Polynesian origin in New Zealand, are black, white and red.

What does Maori art mean?

Meaning of Maori Symbols. Symbols recurring in various art forms such as bone, wood, and jade, carvings, murals, and tattooing are an important part of Maori culture. This because the Maori passed on their cultural heritage and history by oral lore. At least that was before the Europeans arrived at the shores of Aotearoa.

What are Maori names and meanings for girls?


  • Anahera. (Māori origin),Maori to English meaning is “Majestic and powerful angel.”
  • Ataahua. (Maori origin) name means “A beautiful girl.”
  • Ahorangi
  • Airini
  • Epa
  • Erihapeti
  • Haeata
  • Haeata Tanga. (Māori origin) name means “Light Beam.”
  • Hahana
  • What are Maori tattoos?

    Tā moko, or “tattoo,” is a practice that started to disappear after the colonization of New Zealand in the 1800s, but since the 1980s there have been initiatives to revive the Maori culture. The tattoos are very personal and represent a person’s identity, heritage, and social status.

    What is the history of Maori tattoos?

    Pakati – this angular pattern is commonly known as ‘dog skin cloak’.

  • Hikuaua – another geometric pattern,hikuaua is meant to resemble the tail of a jack mackerel fish.
  • Unaunahi – this pattern,more rounded in shape than the two previously described ones,is meant to resemble fish scales.