Kia ora tatou - We are a proud independent Pacific nation made up of many nationalities and ethnicities, but we must remember our tangata whenua considering our past and future. The stylised koru that make up the silver fern are symbolic of our Maori whakapapa and heritage and the many new and differing ethnic "strands" that now make up AotearoaNZ. The silver fern is unfurling from the ground and is representative of our flora and fauna but also represents Maui fishing our islands out of the sea. The four stars are the "heavenly" Southern Cross by which we as NZ's navigate to and from our land and sits in the "tapu" quadrant of the flag design. The blue represents our seas and skies and the green represents our bush, pastures, farms and quarter acre dreams. The top of the silver fern is a symbolic "prow" of a waka taking us all to into the future. The blue and red are acknowledgement of our colonial past and the green symbolises our forefathers efforts to carve out new lives in these Islands. The curving of the silver fern follows the form of the many mountains, rivers and streams of Aotearoa NZ.