The Police Remembrance Pin (Huia Pin) is a police chevron-embedded huia feather. It was designed by the Police Association as a way by which members of police across NZ can honor the memory of their fallen colleagues, the pin is also used to raise awareness of Police Remembrance Day.
The Police Remembrance Pin (Huia Pin) was designed by the Police Association as a way by which members of police across New Zealand can honor the memory of their fallen colleagues, the pin is also used to raise awareness on Police Remembrance Day. Funds received for the Pin go to the Police Families Charitable Trust, to benefit the families of NZ Police slain on duty and used in accordance with the Trusts rules.
Considered 'tapu' or sacred by Maori, the wearing of the huia feather as ornamentation is considered a great honor. The tail plumage of the huia bird, now also lost to us, is extremely special. The incorporation of the Police chevron into the huia tail feather, with the small cut at the top, signifying loss, communicates the honor and loss of someone special to police.
When and how to wear the Police Remembrance Pin?
The pin can be worn in the week leading up to and on Police Remembrance Day (29 September) and in the days before and day of a Police funeral.
The pin should be worn on the left lapel or left hand side above any medals.