Kotahi Te Iwi stands for One Nation, One People and One Purpose. The striking use of silver is distinct from any other flag in the world.
The Silver Fern – Symbolises Kotahi Te Iwi or One Nation. While our individuality is expressed through each leaf, collectively the fern represents strength, unity and flexibilty to embrace ethnic diversity in our multicultural society.
The Southern Cross – Symbolises our bastion in the South Pacific Ocean. The red fill represents the courage of our forebears who navigated their way to Aotearoa by the stars and ocean currents. The white stroke symbolises the light of the constallations guiding our nation.
The Koru – Symbolises our new identity like the emerging frond of the silver fern. They represent our past, present and future, and Maori heritage. They also represent our stunning natural resources and the need for environmental sustainablility.
The Black Field – The colours black, red and white are symbols of the creation in Maori mythology. Black also symbolises our representative colours.
The Silver Field – Symbolises New Zealand leading the world through innovation in every field of endeavour just as the silver fern glowing brightly in the moonlight is a guide for trackers.