The most prominent feature is the skewed chevron. It represents the shrinking disparity between, and integration of the two main historical cultures of New Zealand, which are represented by the black and blue colours. Black appears at the head to reflect that Maori had total dominion initially. Red represents sacrifice and compromise from both sides; while white represents the goal of peace and harmony; and green represents the natural resources of New Zealand, which should unite the nation and not divide it, which can be accomplished because of said peace and harmony. The Southern Cross, is to reflect New Zealand's geographical location.