The koru is a unique New Zealand symbol that represents growth, strength and peace. Thus it is the perfect motif for our new flag: the aim for future growth and prosperity, the on-going quest for strength and integrity (in both internal and external operations as a nation) and our desire for continued peace into the future (between people, ethnicities and other nations).
Each koru also stands for a fundamental pillar of our nation: democracy, justice and equality. Finally, the swirling fusion of white and black, created by the koru, is a reminder of the words of William Hobson during the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi: "He iwi tahi tātou" - "We are now one people".
The Southern Cross was used as a compass by Maori and is a national symbol that defines our position in the world. It is both historically and currently important, so should remain on our flag.
I have chosen to create the flag in black and white, as these are our national colours. They are unique, bold, and have unbeatable contrast.
The koru used in the flag is an altered form of an image sourced from Google. The stars are sourced from the current flag.