Black coque, red and white hen taken from the colours of the Tino rangatiratanga Flag.
The Tino Rangatira flag means: Black – represents Te Korekore, the realm of Potential Being. It represents the long darkness from whence the world emerged. It represents the heavens. The male element is formless, floating and passive. White – represents Te Ao Marama, the realm of Being and Light.
It is the Physical World. White also symbolises purity, harmony, enlightenment, and balance. Red – represents Te Whei Ao, the realm of Coming into Being.
It symbolises the female element. It also represents active, flashing, southern, falling, emergence, forest, land and gestation. Red is Papatuanuku, the Earth Mother, the sustainer of all living things.
Red is the colour of earth from which the first human was made. The design represents the balance of natural forces with each other. To live life is to live with nature. To appreciate life is to understand nature.