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. I have used red and white to retain a connection with the old flag and for contrast with the black. 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.