This flag design is based on the fact that all individuals who settled here had one thing in common. They travelled on or over the sea.
The following symbolism has evolved from this;
The white and blue bands represent the sea and sky.
The white band at the top symbolises the "long white cloud".
The hoist honours the original settlers/arrivals. The colours and design represents their unique symbolism.
The red stars with their white and dark blue trim honours those who fought for this country under the current flag.
The four stars also represent the North Island, South Island, Stewart Island, The Chatham Islands and the many outlying islands.
The "Southern Cross" has been retained as all early settlers arrivals had to navigate by the stars.
This design, encompassing our past, present and future is simple and bold. When flying, the bands represent the waves that wash our shores.
Panel please note: - The hoist design in our submission (to honour the first settlers) is inspired by the Koru pattern and the colours used in the current Maori fag, designed by James Dignan and Antonio Martins.