Forty-three beautiful tukutuku (woven wall panels) have been unveiled today at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
The panels become part of New Zealand's 1952 founding gift to the United Nations, the rimu New Zealand Wall, which stands at the entrance to the General Assembly Hall, showing Aotearoa New Zealand's unique cultural heritage and identity. They will be seen by thousands of visitors from all over the world.
A group of the weavers from Te Roopu Raranga Whatu o Aotearoa (National Collective of Maori Weavers in New Zealand) were in New York today to unveil the panels.
The tukutuku for the UN include the poutama (stairway to the heavens) and niho taniwha (taniwha's teeth), as well as the silver fern, Anzac poppy, and kiwi.
United NationsTukutuku panels