Matamua. First born child. This turtle tattoo contains the waves motif (change) on its shell, designing a koru that symbolizes new life. Following the developement of the koru waves are initially contrary (difficulties) to turn[...] http://www.tattootribes.com/index.php?newlang=English&idinfo=6877
Koru - a symbol of Maori art mimicking the fiddlehead of new ferns. It symbolizes new life, growth, development, and peace. The circular shape of the koru helps to convey the idea of perpetual movement while the inner coil suggests a return to the point of origin.