Crucible of Change:Matamata County since 1945

Author(s): Kai Jensen

History | Don McMillan

The County Crest Matamata County's crest is meant to contain the main aspects of the region's life and prosperity.


Shield The mazie cob stands for agriculture and is placed on a green background to show the pastoral nature of the county.  The horse's head depicts the growing race horse industry, and the blue background to the horse's head stands for Lake Karapiro.  Wavy blue and white lines in the bottom half of the shield represent the Waikato River, on which is placed the Firth Tower at Matamata with crossed Taiahas to suggest the linking of Maori and European cultures.


Crest This consists of pine branches and cones - the forestry industry in the southern and eastern parts of the County.  These emanate from a blue and white torse.


Supporters A sheep and a bovine beast, treated heraldically, stand for sheep and cattle farming.  These supporters rise from a green, grassland compartment.

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