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
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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