The Black & Silver, refined over thirty years with invaluable help from Kenneth Wang and Grant McLachlan, is my tribute to a small nation at the edge of the world with a proud tradition of leading the world.
The silver fern on black reflects the moonlit forest where Maori would lay upturned ponga leaves to light the way for travellers. The fern now points to a shining future for all New Zealanders, against the black mantle of Te Korekore, the realm of potential.
The white pillars signify the Southern Alps in the South Island, and the four great mountains of the North. Equally, they represent the long white cloud that greeted the first waka, and the white sails of the first ships.
In the spirit of the fern, New Zealand’s human trailblazers have led mankind down into the nucleus of the smallest thing, the atom, out into the vastness of the biggest thing, space, and up to the summit of the highest peak, Everest.
I offer The Black & Silver to my country, not so much as a flag but a standard of excellence that will inspire all New Zealanders in their quests for new elements, new galaxies, new Everests.