Story: Coat of arms

Revising the coat of arms: reworked design (2nd of 3)

Revising the coat of arms: reworked design

During the late 1940s and early 1950s both Labour and National governments contemplated updating the country’s coat of arms. This is one design that was considered but not adopted. Jock McEwen of the Māori Affairs Department pointed out that ‘a feather in the hair is an absolute “must” from the point of view of the Maori race.’

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Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: AAAC W5084 7536 Box 216 CON/3/3/2

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How to cite this page:

Stephen Levine, 'Coat of arms - A new coat of arms, 1956', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 September 2023)

Story by Stephen Levine, published 20 Jun 2012