Ranginu & Papatūānuku, the sky father and the earth mother. Lie locked together in a tight embrace. Tāne, god of forests and birds, forces his parents apart, forming the shape of the diagonal islands that we know as Aotearoa. Black represents the traditional colour of Aotearoa, blue our colonial past and white the long white cloud that is our distinction. The Southern Cross is present to acknowledge our geographic location.