Raukura (The Three Feathers)

    The three white feathers represent the Raukura.

    This is a legacy left for all people by the Prophets of Parihaka in Taranaki.

    It conveys the following message:

  •     Kororia ki te Atua I runga rawa (Glory to God on high)

  •     Maungarongo ki runga I te whenua (Peace on earth)

  •     Whakaaro pai ki nga tangata katoa (Goodwill to all mankind)


    This message was a central teaching of the prophets, Te Whiti o Rongomai and Tohu Kakahi of         
    Parihaka.

    They started the passive resistance movement in Aotearoa/New Zealand fifty years before Mahatma  
    Ghandi  introduced similar ideas in India.

    The three elements as represented by the Raukura are:

  •        An acknowledgement of spirituality and spiritual forces.

  •        The importance of making peace within yourself and with others.

  •        The necessity of maintaining goodwill, despite conflict.

    Taranaki Whanui (Taranaki tribes) wear the Raukura (Albatross feathers) on their heads to         
    demonstrate their continued commitment to resolve conflict through peaceful means.
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