Te kaponga o Aotearoa connects to our history while also looking forward to the future. It is in the traditional 1:2 ratio with the humble silver fern holding the place of honour in the upper left canton. The silver fern, while new to a national flag, already has much history as part of our national identity.
The familiar positioning of the Southern Cross connects this new design to our 1902 flag, as does the blue background which also alludes to ocean, sea and sky. The red evokes the earth of our islands as well as the blood of our forebears who won our freedom, while grounding and reminding us where we are from.
Finally the horizontal and curved element is suggestve of a koru, or tree fern frond, and also depicts the long white cloud, meant by the name Aotearoa. This element also speaks of the protection and inclusion to be found in our modern multi-cultural nation.
Thanks and credit to Kyle Lockwood for the use of his fern design, used by permission.