Koru & Silver Fern Dual Image Wooden Puzzle with Bush Image Tray
The symbol of new growth, new life, peace and tranquillity. The Koru also depicts endearment in the form of the relationship of a parent and a child or husband and wife. The Koru can also represent a new beginning. A lot of patterns for Maori are taken from “Mother Nature” as is the case with Koru.
The Ponga can be found growing throughout New Zealand from the North Island down to the west coast of the South Island. The Ponga (Silver Fern) is a species of tree fern that displays a narrow brown trunk and elegant green leaves with shimmering silver undersides. The Ponga is endemic to New Zealand, growing nowhere else in the world. Like other ferns, the Ponga loves moist, organic conditions. It has a long history of human use that isn't limited to looking pretty in the garden. Maori ate the pith of the starch-rich stems, as well as the young, unfurled fronds (piko piko). They would use the underside of the fern frond which is silver and illuminates at night, to find their way in and out of the bush.
This fern is a symbol commonly associated with New Zealand both overseas and by New Zealanders. The silver fern was trademarked as early as 1885 and has long been used as a logo on dairy products. It is also used by sporting teams from New Zealand and is a logo for many other organisations.
e Silver Fern illuminates at night