The image of the single feather (te awe, representing the individual) relates to the proverb ‘The...
"In every generation there are some of us who excel in an ever-widening range of activities. We see evidence of this wherever we look today. We know that we are capable of achieving in many fields of endeavour. Underlying these achievements is the firm belief that the base that we leap from into the future is founded upon: being bilingual and bicultural; commitment to our country; pride in our heritage; and at the same time being open to the challenges of the world."
Sir Sidney Mead, He Kākano kaumatua