Explanation of Tohu

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The shape is a stylized version of the tapatoru or triangle – regarded as the most balanced and structurally strongest design created by strength through unity

It is also symbolic of the kuratau – the “V” shaped military formation that Maori warriors formed when confronting the enemy – again signifying strength through unity

The kowhaiwhai design represents the unified base that is Te Arawa whanui

The eight black triangles represent and acknowledge the individuality of e Nga Waru Pumanawa o Te Arawa – the eight beating hearts of Te Arawa which in turn represent the main hapu of Te Arawa

They also depict niho or teeth that can be translated as the “biting edge” leadership for Te Arawa

The 3 waves signifies the relationship with the lakes
Also the 3 tupuna rohe that make up the new Lakes Trust structure and not forgetting our “links” with the past

And finally a jet stream in the wake of Te Arawa progress

When you combine these elements the tohu represents the Te Arawa people united by the Te Arawa lakes settlement moving forward together with purpose and confidence