My Flag consists of three horizontal red, black and blue bands separated by two thin white fimbriations. I have chosen the red and blue to represent our history, with the blue representing our ties with the commonwealth (alternatively the sea) and the red signifying the honour and courage displayed in battle not only overseas but on our own soil also. The red, black and white together may also represent Maori heritage. The black band with the silver fern in the centre represents our strong new sense of national identity, and our willingness to overcome the troubles which are presented to us. The white bands represent the peace and purity which we hope to preserve in our nation. In my opinion, this flag sums up what we, as New Zealanders stand for. It displays our determination, as a young and emerging nation, to succeed, while also acknowledging our history. It is a simple yet bold design. I have used Dave Clarks fern design as it is well associated with our most iconic sports team, the All Blacks.