This design shows the 3 Articles of the Treaty in 3x3 stanzas, occupying half of the design, as a partnership should. The text is represented by koru.
The heritage of our settlers is shown in the stars.
Our multicultural society is represented by black, which is the absence of colour.
Our distinctiveness and challenging of convention is shown by one of the stars overlapping the border.
Innovation is shown by the stars of the Southern Cross as they might be seen from a point of view other than on Earth.
Our land and sense of place is shown by Pacific’s triple stars.
The stars hold hands, as we do as a people.