Story: Herons

Commemorative tea towel (2nd of 2)

Commemorative tea towel

On 6 February 1990 New Zealand celebrated the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. A white heron, or kōtuku, was chosen as the official symbol, designed by carver Fred Graham and graphic artist Roy Good. Like all New Zealanders, the heron’s origins are in other lands.

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Gerard Hutching, 'Herons - White herons – kōtuku', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 September 2021)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015