The koru design recognises the traditional owners of this land, it's interlaced spirals represents Maori and Pakeha coming together. It is spiralled clockwise representing us moving forward as one. The green represents the lush landscape (Papatūānuku). The blue, our glorious clear skies (Ranginui). The Southern Cross ties us to our place in the great southern ocean, and reminds us of our history, connecting us back to our current flag.