Unity Jack

Recognizing our Maori and British heritage, it integrates soft rounded elements of the koru into the sharp angles of a Union Jack design. It combines European red, white and blue with red, white and black commonly used in Maori designs. A distinctive, unique flag for our unique blend of cultures.

Flag by Martin Hermans

Wā kāinga / Home

Each triangle of colour fits into each others space. Symbolic of the transition we currently have underway in Aotearoa. Maori/Colonial/Multicultural. Coexisting around the Maihi.( white space between the colours ).The bottom multicultural triangle in our national colour black is symbolic of strength

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This flag shows

  1. Maori who invented their Treaty partners to share the land; The white diagonal shape is representative of the Maihi (the diagonal bargeboards) on the front of a Maori meeting house.  The white shape is also symbolic of the coming together of all three influences Maori, Colonial past and multicultural future. The red triangle top left is representative of our Maori heritage. This design also references the use of red, black and white in the Tino Rangatiratanga (National Maori flag)
  1. The heritage of British settlers.  The blue triangle top right is representative of our British heritage.  Bordering a white diagonal line symbolic of the Union Jack.
  1. Our multicultural society – now and into the future.  The black triangle is offering up strength and optimism as well as being symbolic of our mountainous landscape. It represents our national colour black already adopted and supported in a multi cultural context.

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Summary

Good design should have meaning.  Each triangle of colour fits into each others space.  Symbolic of the strength of transition we currently have underway in Aotearoa.  Maori/Colonial/Future

Good design should acknowledge the past as well as enlighten the future.  Our design shows a clear lineage from the Union Jack through the existing flag to now.  Red, blue, and white and diagonal shapes are a nod to the past with the introduction of Black our national colour representing our positive multicultural future.

Good design should be simple.  Exhibit no superfluous or unnecessary content.  It should be edited back to its purest form.  Our flag is pure and simple.  Less is more.  E.g. Canada and Japan

Good design should differentiate.  54 other countries use stars on their flag.  Our new flag can better differentiate without stars.

Raranga/Weave 20

Inspired by the geometric forms and colours found in Māori raranga and tukutuku. Weaving has strong roots both in Māori culture and the tartans, checks and tweeds of the British Isles. Since the signing of the Treaty more cultures have migrated here, each adding a thread to our collective culture.

Flag by Pax Zwanikken

Matariki

The Maori symbol of New Year, Matariki, represents the passing from one time to the next as we leave our past behind and look hopefully towards a new age. No matter who we are, whatever our cultural heritage, we look up at the same stars in unity. Simple yet uniquely New Zealand. This is our flag.

Flag by Ian Howard

Raranga/Weave 19

Inspired by the geometric forms and colours found in Māori raranga and tukutuku. Weaving has strong roots both in Māori culture and the tartans, checks and tweeds of the British Isles. Since the signing of the Treaty more cultures have migrated here, each adding a thread to our collective culture.

Flag by Pax Zwanikken