Represents communities coming together in NZ.
1840 Treaty - 17 leaves each side, joining together in 18th. 40 points on stars.
Leaves on green - communities of land (Maori iwi or other) joining communities from across sea (ethnic/cultural etc). Stem: Speech is silver - communication is essential for progress, joining us all.
Southern Cross stars: Southness (where we are) but also north-south-east-west symbol meaning people from everywhere are included. History/cultural heritage indicated by red-white-blue colouring derived from Union Jack (Our fimbrillated stars unique).
Fern: value nature, life, local action - Stars look outward, universal values eg justice, freedom, prosperity, compassion. Fern sporting symbol - Stars other ways NZers shine on world stage. Fern on angle of Southern Alps (green for Pounamu). Stars on angle of Northland peninsula. Both islands together. Star angle seen early morning Waitangi Day.
Fern and stars meshed together in V-victory shape: success as nation is when all communities working together, no-one left behind.
Paua-shell colours (blue,green, splashes of red,white,grey) represent natural beauty of NZ.