This flag represents the past and the future of New Zealand. The southern cross is retained from the old flag, as a symbol of our shared past and the koru represents our future, as a symbol of peace and growth. White is the colour of peace, green is the colour of nature, and black is the national colour of New Zealand. I have also retained the 1:2 ratio of the old flag, but this design could be used just as easily on a 2:3 ratio flag. This is a colour variation on the previous design.