- (Life Force of Our Land/Waters): The key ‘driving force’ is the life-giving green koru, dramatically emerging from the blue South Pacific waters and sweeping up to create the majestic silver fern (New Zealand/Aotearoa). Highlights the life force of our land and waters; fundamentally important to our collective well-being, identity, sense of belonging: our ‘Turangawaewae’. Distinctive curves and wavy design reflect this life force, ‘coming alive’ in a breeze.
- (Koru): Life force. Symbol of peace, tranquillity, life harmony (Treaty of Waitangi; multi-culturalism; migrants in search of a better life). Inner coil symbolises ongoing link back to our ancestral roots and national heritage.
- (Silver Fern): Contour is similar to NZ’s geographical contour. White represents Aotearoa: (‘Land of the Long White Cloud’). Silver fern (white on black background): symbol of national pride.
- (Green/blue/white colours): Natural heritage; ‘clean green’ aspirations.
- (Kiwi): National mascot. Natural heritage. The name we are affectionately known by. Punching above our weight.
- (Southern Cross/ Blue background): Our British Commonwealth heritage (genealogy; laws; Treaty of Waitangi; flag, allies in World Wars; ANZAC tradition; ongoing links). Early Maori navigation source. Our Maori/Pacific/Asia links, context and genealogy.
(More detail: www.hegartyflags.co.nz)