The blue in the lower right corner represents the ocean over which all peoples journey to reach Aotearoa NZ. The white scroll above the blue of the ocean, represents the rising of the crests of the ocean waves, symbolising our people having opportunity to achieve great heights. The silver fern, the Ponga is set in the midnight blue of the sky. Maori legend tells us that the Silver fern, the ponga, once lived in the sea. It was invited to leave the sea and to live in the forest. This was so it could play significant role in guiding the Maori people. The Silver Fern is pointing towards the Southern Cross. When New Zealand soldiers sailed off to fight in the Boer War at the beginning of the 20th century, they sang, 'We are the boys of the Southern Cross, our star shines on our flag". Over a century later, the constellation continues to be relevant to the nationhood and the national honour of Aotearoa, NZ. The white scroll in the top corner, symbolises Aotearoa, The Land Of The Long White Cloud.