This flag uses the traditional colours of the present flag, but a in a new pattern for a striking and modern effect. The bottom one-third of the flag is composed of two horizontal stripes, the bottom one navy and a white stripe half as thick , signifying the sea and "long white cloud" resting upon it. The upper two-thirds of the flag is red, which distinguishes it from prior flags. On the hoist portion of the red field is the Southern Cross in navy stars outlined in white (Note the stars are aligned horizontally and vertically in a symmetrical pattern instead of having the vertical stars tilted. This keeps both sides of the flag identical.) The four starred Southern Cross is the eternal emblem of New Zealand, but reversing the colours, that is, using blue stars on a red field signifies change and will distinguish this flag from others also using the constellation as an emblem.