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The koru

The koru

The koru, which is often used in Māori art as a symbol of creation, is based on the shape of an unfurling fern frond. Its circular shape conveys the idea of perpetual movement, and its inward coil suggests a return to the point of origin. The koru therefore symbolises the way in which life both changes and stays the same.

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Photograph by Carl Walrond

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Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal. 'Māori creation traditions - Common threads in creation stories', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 11-Dec-13
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