Through a combination of elements from the current flag and the Tino Rangatiratanga flag, we are introduced to a narrative which is the cornerstone of our cultural identity.
The korus of the Tinorangatiratanga flag become a wave and a cloud, with the Waka in red making landfall beneath the Southern Cross. The combination of these three elements work in harmony to create a symbol which unifies New Zealand as a whole.
The color palette is grounded both in colonial and Maori tradition. The Gordon Walters inspired abstraction of the Koru and Waka, as well as the redesigned Southern Cross, create a modern yet timeless aesthetic.
The name, Waka Whenua, translates to 'Land Boat' - referencing the Maori creation myth and creating a metaphor of our nation as a Waka which we share together.