Interpretation: RED: Signifies the blood of the land shed by those who carved it from the wilderness and sacrificed themselves in its defence. BLUE: Signifies the Ocean, from where Aotearoa was born according to legend. WHITE: Signifies pureness of spirit and Mana of its past, present and future inhabitants. These colours are traditional. They are the colours of the first flags to fly over the seas and oceans of Aotearoa. The five pointed stars stand for unity and strength. They all point upwards, to our future. The Northern Star represents Aotearoa/New Zealand as a stand alone maritime nation discovered by Maori and European navigators who crossed uncharted seas, to settle and build a unique Nation. The South, West and East stars, represent the three main Islands that encompass the Nation. This star Constellation does not represent any one group of New Zealand Citizens. It is a motif that does not age or die, is not subject to fashion and will be strong for decades to come.