This design links to the existing New Zealand flag and symbolism which has stood the test of time, both here and abroad. Whilst the symbolism of this design has abundant meaning the flag is kept sharp and uncomplicated by being restricted to three colours and by being relatively simple in layout. The colours (metallic silver, deep blue and rich green), and their juxtaposition, portray a clean and green image of our environment; blue sea and sky, verdant countryside and forests with sparkling waterways and dazzling peaks, whilst also combining the Maori lore of Ranginui and Papatuanuku.
Positioning the Crux in the canton emphasises permanence and stability with respect to our current flag and nationhood. Being set on the blue background it portrays our place in the South Pacific. The five stars are a truer depiction of the Southern Cross.
The silver fern has popularity as a symbol of New Zealand; it provides a highly recognisable link with New Zealand’s international representation, past and present, and a simple connection to our natural environmental and cultural identity. The fern's position allows it to flow in the wind at the fly end of the flag.
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