E kore te pākohe e mirimiri i a ia anō
It is not for the pākohe to polish itself
There are many ways this whakatauaki can be used in everyday settings. One of these talks to our 'actions speaking louder than our words'. When this happens others will speak of our deeds for us. Pākohe comes in a very raw form as shown in the background of this image. However when polished it's beauty is superior.