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Civic heraldry of New Zealand
District : Timaru District Council
The arms were granted on October 18, 1977.
Although granted to the former Timaru City Council, the heraldic emblems used are equally applicable to the whole District and use of the Coat of Arms by the District Council has been approved by the New Zealand Herald of Arms.
The significance of the main features in the Coat of Arms are as follows:
The chevron symbolises the proximity to Mount Cook; the fleeces and plough refer to the agricultural character of the area. The ships refer to the dependence of the city to the sea, which is further symbolised by the seahorseas and waves. The sun refers to the sunny climate and the kiwi is the obvious symbol for New Zealand.
The motto means "No Reward Without Effort".
The arms on the District Council's building (source)