Queen & Commonwealth
 
Kiwi feather bag
The Royal Collection © 2012,
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
RCIN 32171

Kiwi feather bag

1981

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During a visit to New Zealand in October 1981, the Te Atiawa people of Waiwhetu presented The Queen with this bag made of flax and kiwi feathers.

The kiwi bird holds a special significance for the Maori - it is symbolic of elder brothers and sisters, representing their protective spirits.