A fundamental symbol in Māori art, the koru symbolises life and creation, with its fluid circular shape conveying the idea of everlastingness.
Depicting new beginnings, life and hope.
The koru is a beloved symbol throughout Aotearoa, seen painted on tipuna (meeting houses), waka (canoes), in traditional Tā moko (Māori tattooing) and on wood and greenstone carvings. Pounamu artists use the koru pattern in many different ways; often introducing it as surface-etching or detail into other forms and shapes. It is though to depict new beginnings, life and hope.Learn more