A young nation of growing entrepreneurial, cultural and sporting talent, New Zealanders consistently reach for ‘the stars’, stand up for what they believe in and scale the tops of mountains. We are a protesting, forward thinking, ambitious country made up of three distinct islands: The North, South and Stewart Islands. Our international distinction is in our location (and isolation), within the South Pacific, our stubborn Kiwi ‘can-do’ attitude and innovative creativity.
This timeless design illustrates:
1. Four stars representing the Southern Cross/ Te Punga (the anchor)
2. Three triangles symbolising:
A. Three islands against a night sky
B. The ‘whare runanga’. A meeting house in front of which the Treaty of Waitangi – New Zealand’s founding document was signed. A place of great spirituality and community for Māori.
Acknowledgement is given to our fallen heroes. A slash of red on white symbolises this spilling of their blood for the land of our people and the freedoms this gives all New Zealanders today.
Our ancestors once travelled to this land via canoe and ship, and new Kiwis continue to travel to this promised land. To be Kiwi is to connect with the land, culture and people of New Zealand.
This is 'new' New Zealand's flag.