The flag is a stylised map of New Zealand on the earth with the new day and new life Koro appearing.
Cultural connections are associated to the koro shape which is taken directly from the Tino Rangatiratanga flag and reshaped to include the new day – “first to see the sun”.
History and links to the commonwealth are preserved by using the same colours and re using the stars in a shielding position. Retaining the blue background colours respects the heritage within the existing flag. From Dept. of MCH, the blue background is symbolic of the blue sea; the stars of the Southern Cross signify our place in the world.
Anyone who has studied the growing of the silver fern sees the koro shape and how delicate and well formed the new fronds are - a vision forward to new life. I’d like to think this symbolises the growing families, communities and people unified together.
Map source is essentially a symbol of New Zealand from LINZ coastal data to create the stylised outline of New Zealand – trying to create a 3D perception of our part of the earth.
I’d like to see a modern “outside the box” flag