Making The Southern Cross fit for NZ by making it our own. A geographically exclusive view reveals our far southern location. Taking the shape of an anchor, it recalls both seafaring and Maori astronomy, making it historically meaningful and specific to NZ. No-one ever got here by land. BLUE is both the Pacific Ocean and twilight sky; a dark Marine hue. GREEN represents the significance of agriculture and the natural environment to our culture and economy. Bright and vibrant. WHITE is clarity, with the four-pointed stars suggesting self-assured openness. The ABSENCE OF RED sets it apart with stronger visual identity from other flags, and represents a non-aggressive stance. The SEMICIRCLE produces a unique partition among national flags, while its complement represents a relationship of two acting as one -- islands, and peoples. It is simple, distinctive, and uniquely appropriate to NZ. The green land of the South Pacific.