This flag defines WHERE WE ARE in the world, a symbolic GPS.
From the corners of the earth, HERE is the place we all have come to, each with a different flag, now together united under one, in Aotearoa New Zealand.
A national flag is a symbol of unity.
One way to unite a nation is to focus on what its people have in common. In our case the one thing we all have in common is that our forefathers or ourselves all came HERE from somewhere else.
The symbolism in this flag:
The first known name of our place.
Represented in this flag with a white stripe
THE SOUTHERN CROSS
Represented in this flag by four white stars
BLUE represents sky and sea
RED represents humanity
This new flag acknowledges the past by retaining the Southern Cross on the current flag and also looks to the future, it is timeless… we will always still be HERE, united as New Zealanders.