This flag starts afresh with the experience of becoming and being a New Zealander. We each have two things in common:
1) We're a young diverse country. A quarter of us are first generation immigrants. Three quarters are descendants of immigrants who have arrived over the last 800years. To be an immigrant is to seek a better life. To embrace the new and question the old.
2) Our relation to the land, the sea and the sky of this physically isolated country. The hills and valleys are ours. We look up into the same sky with a unique perspective. We, or our ancestors, have crossed the same ocean waves to call this our homeland.
This design embraces a new form and unites our commonalities. The horizon is cut out by the rolling hills, leaving the transitioning sky. The waves evoke our surrounding ocean and weaving rivers. The four hills/waves reference the four stars of the Southern Cross. The gradient depicts our nation's colours. The moulted patterns of the paua; the greens of the hills and native bush; the blues of the ocean and sky; the black we adopt for sport. The design enables interpretation and varying colour proportions.