The white represents Aotearoa, the land of the long white cloud.
The green represents the forests and pastures that shape our identity, lifestyle and economy.
The blue represents the seas that surround us and define our separate nationality.
The three colours together represent the approaching land, as seen from the ships and canoes of those first coming to settle here.
The three colours also represent our multi-ethnicity; we are more than two peoples.
The flag is simple, timeless, bold and logical.