“A muri kia mau ki tēnā, kia mau ki te kawau mārō, whanake ake, whanake ake”
(Forever hold fast to the spearhead flight formation of the kawau).
Maniapoto iwi interpret the translation as being:
“Our future well-being will be determined by the strength of our commitment to stand together united in spirit, mind and purpose.”
The spearhead flight formation of the kawau has been depicted in the logo adopted by the Board.