Te Punga is instantly recognisable. There is nothing like it. It is ours. It says who we are, where we come from. It signifies our geographical placement.
It combines motifs central to our NZ culture, the Tino Rangatiratanga Flag, the Union Jack, the Southern Cross, and colours of national significance.
Te Kore, The Void: The topmost black stripe.
Te Punga, The Anchor, The Sothern Cross: Six stylised stars. They reflect the Tomb of the Unknown warrior.
The Upper Triple: Black – White – Red triple echoes the Tino Rangatiratanga Flag one of the key symbols of Maoridom.
Aotearoa, The Long White Cloud: The upper white stripe of the centre triple.
Whenua, Our land: The central red stripe of the centre triple. We are Tangata Whenua - People Of The Land.
The Centre Triple: White - Red - White triple echoes the Union Jack and our British legacy. A legacy should never be dismissed or erased.
Moana Nui, The Ocean: The lower navy blue band.
The ocean in which our nation lies. The Pacific.
The Polynesian Triangle, Hawaii, Rapa Nui, and NZ to the South.
It echoes the sails of Polynesian waka and the jib of European ships.