Coat of Arms
The Armorial Bearings
The Armorial Bearings for the Borough of Kawerau have been established and recorded in Her Majestys College of Arms. The Arms and Crest were granted and assigned on 16 July 1982.
The arms were received in Wellington from the New Zealand Herald Extraordinary to Her Majesty the Queen on 17May 1985 and presented at a special meeting of the Kawerau Borough Council on 5 June 1985.
This historic crest (Armorial Bearings) is hung in the Kawerau Council Chambers and its representation continues to be used on the Mayor's chain of office.
Description and explanation of the Coat of Arms design
The Arms have been designed to reflect the life, culture, industry and topography of the area. The indented line in the centre of the arms alludes to the teeth of a saw and stylised representation of pine trees to the forestry industry which is the commercial life of the District. The indented line also suggests energy. The three wavy lines depict the water of the Tarawera River.
The per chevron alludes to Putauaki (Mt Edgecumbe) which dominates the landscape. The indented line through this may also be taken to allude to the stories in Maori mythology where Putauaki, on his journey from Tarawera to Whakaari (White Island) was overtaken by the dawn and compelled to take up his present position.
The green represents the forest and natural beauty of the area while the gold represents the wealth of the District attributed to the forestry industry.
The early settlement by the Maori people and the agricultural importance of the area depicted with the Ko (digging stick).
The Crest is in the form of a Maori head, Koruru. This device was taken from the Mayoral chain of the District. It represents the rich Maori history of the area. The form of Koruru is one commonly used on Meeting Houses in the Bay of Plenty.
In March 2007, Kawerau District Council adopted the current logo (pictured). This is now the Councils corporate brand and was represented in all visual corporate productions from May 2007.
The Kawerau District Council logo, depicting the unique attributes of the District, was developed from an original concept designed by Hilary Fitzpatrick for the Communitys 50th Anniversary celebrations.
The logo was established to provide an overarching visual medium for the Council and the Community to establish consistent branding and promotional messages portraying the Kawerau District as a desirable place to live, work, visit and invest.
Description and explanation of the Logo design
The three green peaks of the symbol represent the bush covered mountains of Tarawera, Maungawhakamana and Putauaki (Mt Edgecumbe) which dominate the landscape.
The blue ribbon depicts the Tarawera River which emanates from the side of Mt Tarawera, flows through the valley and past Kawerau on its way to the sea.
The white space between the river and the mountains depicts the fertile plain that Kawerau rests on, while the golden globe symbolizes the sun and the warm sunny climate of the area.
The white symbol at the base of Putauaki represents rejuvenation and renewal as well as the geothermal activity that is abundant in the area.
It is these attributes the mountains, the river, the climate and the geothermal activity that make the Kawerau District a
Taonga o te Whenua
Treasure of the Land
To provide the people of Kawerau with a quality of life that is second to none.
1. To provide a base within the District for the pulp, paper and timber industries and supporting activities and in particular, the best possible living environment for the employees of these industries, their families and all other residents.
2. To identify and respond to the needs and aspirations of the residents of the District and in particular, provide the required services and facilities to enhance the quality of life of all the Districts residents.
3. To ensure that the independence of the District is maintained.
4. To promote the virtues of Kawerau and encourage industries of all types to the District.