My design stands for the uniqueness of New Zealand in the world and our relatively pristine environment which we are all proud of and seek to sustain and promote. The colours represent the main features of our landscape - green for our extensive pastureland and forests; blue for our rivers, lakes and the sea; and white for the clouds (land of the long white cloud) and our snow capped peaks. The stripy pattern allows for a lot of contrast that attracts the eye and makes a bold statement. I have chosen the symbol of the kiwi because it is unique to New Zealand (the kiwi bird is an endemic species) and relatively well-known around the world, such that anyone viewing the flag would know that it represents New Zealand. Furthermore, we, as a people identify ourselves as 'kiwis' and we are often known around the world as such. The kiwi is strategically placed in the first quartile of the flag, in order to gain maximum attention, when the flag is flying.