The central motif of South Pacific Wave is a wave made of two unfolding koru. These two koru represent the two founding peoples of New Zealand and the two major islands of our nation. The wave motif represents our place in the Pacific, our relationship with the ocean and the energy and dynamism of our people.
The Southern Cross retains the legacy of our existing flag and marks our southern location. The silver fern balances the design, brings the colours of the land to the picture and introduces a fourth colour to the red, white and black Tino Rangatiratanga pallete. A white background evokes purity, strength, and the cloud, or long white cloud, of our country.
The three motifs together create a land-sea-sky vertical axis.