Aorangi Pacific’s Rampart
The white band through the centre represents Aotearoa, New Zealand, ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’, Stretching back to the distant past and stretching out into the distant future giving a sense of continuity – of confidence – of established fact.
The Blue panels represent
a) the sea indicating NZ is an Island nation
b) upper panel the clear blue sky; the lower panel the Pacific ocean.
The Koros represent the people small and great, paddlers in the same waka.
The upper Koros also represent clouds/karakia
The lower koros also represent the waves, means of arrival of our ancestors.
The stars represent the Southern Cross fixing our geographical position on Globe
This design respects all peoples, Māori, European and all other ethnic groups that have come to call this land ‘home’.