I believe any new flag should be bold, simple, unique, and representative. It should also be able to be easily drawn by most people. This depicts the Sun rising over the sea, and tells the world we are the first country to see the new day.
This also symbolises the many areas in which Aotearoa New Zealand has led the world, from being the first modern welfare state, through to our many successes in science and innovation.
This is a third version of my ‘The first country to see the new day’ flags submitted earlier. The blue represents the sea and our place in the Pacific, and the black represents our unofficial national colour.