New Zealand coat of arms
|New Zealand coat of arms|
The state coat of arms of New Zealand has been valid in its current form since 1956.
It shows in blue the first field , the Southern Cross (Southern Cross) with silbergeränderten five-pointed stars as a symbol of the state and blue fourth field gold miner tools, symbols of agriculture, livestock and mining, as well as a golden fleece in red second field and the third field a golden sheaf of corn in red . The three black sailing ships moving to the left with oars laid out in the stake stand for the importance of sea trade and for the settlement of New Zealand from the sea.
The coat of arms is represented on the right by a white woman with the flag of New Zealand, a symbol for European immigrants , and on the left by a tattooed Māori in traditional garb, the kaitaka made from New Zealand flax and with a taiaha , a long fighting club, symbol for the indigenous people, as a shield holder guided. Both stand on branches of the silver fern , the national plant. Above it lies a silver ribbon, comparable to a motto , with the state name "NEW ZEALAND".
The coat of arms of New Zealand can also be seen in a modified form on the Royal Standard in New Zealand , the flag of the British Queen.
- Karl-Heinz Hesmer: Flags and coats of arms of the world. History and symbolism of the flags and coats of arms of all states . Bertelsmann Lexikon Verlag, Gütersloh 1992, ISBN 3-570-01082-1 .