Story: Coat of arms

New Zealand seal: the first seal (1st of 2)

New Zealand seal: the first seal

Seals are used to authenticate official documents. The first seal used by the New Zealand government was made in 1841 and depicts a young Queen Victoria surrounded by a group of Māori chiefs paying homage to her.

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Stephen Levine, 'Coat of arms - The seal of New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 October 2022)

Story by Stephen Levine, published 20 Jun 2012