The Union Jack was planted in this soil 246 years ago. Had it grown and evolved
to reflect its environment, the rigid lines of the English way would have softened
and curled; reflecting the soul of this place. The royal blue would have darkened
to the black of our isolated inky night sky but the stars would still beam bright -
showing us the way we've come and where we might go.
This flag pays homage to our complex past - it borrows the George's Cross from the
United Tribes' flag; it embraces black - the colour of our geographical independence,
not to mention our beloved sporting heroes. And it is reminiscent of our current ensign -
the one many New Zealanders have died protecting. Mostly, it better reflects our people
through an evolution rather than a revolution.