Rather than reflect the darker colours of the old design I have used fresh colours suggesting the herald of a new dawn from the dark. I felt these were truer colours to reflect our land and its past. When I studied early times, including the first inhabitants and later the colonial artists who were sent here from England to depict this land (not always truthfully) to sell it to prospective settlers they spoke of the bright colours and the sparkling waters. It is this backdrop that I see as the common denominator of our land no matter our heritage and overlaying cultures. Thinking of a design I moved away from adding symbols and instead just focused more simply on the backdrop and location of this beautiful country. Hence the sky has a white line through it to represent “the long white cloud” (of Aotearoa), the tones of the sea that surrounds us, including the horizon line and the shore break ,and the land that grounds and supports us. The southern cross is a nod to the old flag and shows where to find us.