When designing the flag it was important to me that I designed a flag that did not forget any important aspects of our history. To me the most important part of New Zealand's history is the merging of the Maori and British people to form one nation. In my design I have incorporated the British Flag ( Union Jack ) and the Maori Flag. I changed the colour scheme of the Union Jack from blue to black as most New Zealand sporting teams are partly named after the colour, e.g. All Blacks, Black Sticks and also it relates back to the Maori Flag. To me it was important to keep some part of the Union Jack in the design so altering the colour scheme to suit the other aspects of New Zealand History seemed logical. Credit for the Tino Rangatiratanga flag goes to Hiraina Marsden, Jan Smith and Linda Munn.