Māori treasure kahu huruhuru (feather cloaks) for their beauty and skilful construction and as such, are traditionally worn by high ranking chieftains and given as prized gifts to honour significant relationships, events, and to cement alliances. Feathers adorned these ceremonial cloaks from New Zealand native birds such as the Kiwi, Kakā, Kākāpō, Kererū, Kōtuku and others. This is New Zealand’s new flag, our nations ceremonial feathered cloak. It’s design illustrates each individual (or Kiwi feather) within it’s richly textured, fabric. The color red stands for mana, prestige, culture and sacrifice, black for power and strength, and white for peace and new beginnings. The Southern Cross/Te Punga (Māori anchor) is maintained from our existing flag as it references our sea faring ancestors and identifies our location within the South Pacific. The Koru symbol from the Māori (Tino Rangatiratanga) flag create the cloaks feathers. (NZ's Olympic athletes often drape our flag around them like a cloak after winning gold and this inspired my flag design).