Four stylised koru combine to create the Southern Cross, acknowledging our place in the Pacific.
Referencing traditional Maori design, these koru forms offer a highly recognisable New Zealand aesthetic. They can be be viewed as waves, fern fronds, clouds or waka prow - all symbols relevant to this country. Silver koru also represents the silver fern without being too literal. The convergence of these forms signifies the coming together and unity of all New Zealanders.
Using just two colours is in keeping with the world's most memorable flags, such as the Canadian and Japanese flags.
The blue is brought forward from our current flag. It is an appropriate colour to represent a country surrounded by ocean whose popluation was created through journeys over the vast seas. Silver (or white) on blue is crisp, clean and represents the unique light quality we have here in Aotearoa New Zealand.