Tino Roa - TroubleMaker.co.nz
Tino Roa - TroubleMaker.co.nz
Tino Roa - TroubleMaker.co.nz
Tino Roa - TroubleMaker.co.nz
Tino Roa - TroubleMaker.co.nz
Tino Roa - TroubleMaker.co.nz

    Tino Roa


    Any korero about the Tino Rangatiratanga flag deserves to come from the source.

    So most of the following text is from the Te Tuhi Mareikura Trust web site


    As to the design of the earring...
    the inspiration was to have our beautiful and staunch flag portrayed as elegant and as stunning as absolutely possible.
    We strived to have light play and bounce across them truly draping the wearer in
    Tino Rangatiratanga



    The Tino Rangatiratanga Māori Flag has evolved since its first creation in 1989, and has since become a symbolism of Māori Sovereignty to a generation of Māori who weren't even born when the hake was initiated by Te Kawariki and its members. Tino Rangatiratanga has become an epitome of Maori and their journey for Sovereignty, recognition and acknowledgement of the injustices of previous colonists systems.


    After being created by Hiraina Marsden, Jan Dobson, and Linda Munn, the flag was then first unveiled on Waitangi Day (February 6th) of 1990 at the 150th commemorations of the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.


    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 symbolises purity, harmony, enlightenment, balance and air rising.

    The Koru, curling frond shape, represents the unfolding of new life, that everything is reborn and continues. It promises renewal and hope for the future.

    The design can also be interpreted as a white cloud mass over Aotearoa.


    Red represents Te Whei Ao, the realm of Coming into Being. It symbolises female, active, flashing, south, yelling, emergence, forests, land, gestation and spirals. Red is Papatuanuku, 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.

    Measurement: 9.0cm approx from top of hook to bottom of piece