Story: Māori prophetic movements – ngā poropiti

Seal of the Ringatū Church

Seal of the Ringatū Church

This is the seal of the Ringatū Church, founded by Te Kooti. It was devised by the secretary of the church, Robert Biddle, in 1926, and shows upraised hands (ringa tū). Around the centre is written, 'Te Ture a te Atua me te Whakapono o Ihu' (the law of God and the truth of Jesus). 'Wharekauri 67' refers to the beginning of the faith in the Chatham Islands (Wharekauri is the Māori name for the islands) in 1867. On the right 'Wainui 26' refers to land of Te Wainui gifted to Ringatū Church trustees in 1926. The eagle at top is a reference to Deuteronomy 32: 11–12 in the Bible.

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Judith Binney, 'Māori prophetic movements – ngā poropiti - Te Kooti – Ringatū', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/27723/seal-of-the-ringatu-church (accessed 23 November 2019)

Story by Judith Binney, published 5 May 2011