This coat of arms was created for 'Baron' Charles Philippe Hippolyte de Thierry, who styled himself many things, including king of New Zealand. British Resident James Busby, concerned that Thierry was planning to come to New Zealand and attempt to become sovereign ruler of the country, brought together a number of northern chiefs in 1835 to sign the Declaration of Independence. Thierry's coat of arms shows Māori warriors holding a taiaha and musket, and a crown atop the centrepiece. The motto is 'Tenax, strength and harmony'.
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