As the Nelson Evening Mail noted at the time, the cover of the literary magazine Zealandia was a melange of popular nationalist symbols. The land is represented by snowy mountains, flax bushes, ferns, a nīkau palm and a beech tree, while a huge moa and a small kiwi represent New Zealand's fauna. The idea of 'Maoriland' gets a nod, with a Māori chief in the foreground and waka (canoes) and a kāinga in the distance.
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Reference: Zealandia, vol. 1, no.1, 1889 (S-L-1263-Cover)
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