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Symbol of NZ


Symbol of NZ
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Copyright: Chian Sing Lai (kim_gwan) (53)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-11-12
Categories: Trees
Camera: Sony SLT a35, Tamron SP 90mm 1:2.8 Di - Macro 1/1
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-12-02 2:22
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The koru (Māori language for LOOP) is a spiral shape based on the shape of a new unfurling silver fern frond and symbolizing new life, growth, strength and peace.

It is an integral symbol in Māori art, carving and tattoos. The circular shape of the koru helps to convey the idea of perpetual movement while the inner coil suggests a return to the point of origin.

Koru can also refer to bone carvings. Those generally take the shape of the uncurling fern plant. When bone is worn on the skin, it changes colour as oil is absorbed. The Māori took this to symbolise that the spirit of the person was inhabiting the pendant. When someone gives a pendant to someone else, it is the custom that they wear it for a time so that part of their spirit is given as well.

The koru is used in a stylised form as the logo of Air New Zealand and as an iconic symbol of New Zealand flora. Friedensreich Hundertwasser based his Koru Flag for New Zealand on the symbol, and it also formed the basis for a notable series of artworks by Gordon Walters

The fronds of tree ferns are usually very large and multiple-pinnate but at least one type has entire(undivided) fronds. The fronds of tree ferns also exhibit circinate vernation, meaning the young fronds emerge in coils that uncurl as they grow.

This shot was taken halfway as i walked towards to Munro beach for penguin, i chose one that my camera can capture best.


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