Black and white are the most recognized colors of New Zealanders internationally through our sporting teams and especially the popularity of the all blacks. Black, white and red are also colors used on our Maori flag. The flag depicts sailing boats, because New Zealand was discovered via the sea. The red boats are sailing in the sunlight and the white boats are sailing in the moonlight, moving unceasingly as well as representing perseverance. The strip of opposite color at the top of the sails represent small boats having to sail for very long periods of time to get to New Zealand, representing many days and many nights. The round bump at the bottom of the sail represents peacefulness or a person sleeping peacefully. The boats themselves also represent 'cups of plenty' and in between the boats there are mounds which represent volcanic islands. The stars represent the time / date line and four are used, remembering our Southern Cross.