Double Spiral

Hundertwasser’s 1983 koru flag, liked by many, misses the plurality of background / foreground interplay that distinguished Maori design. This black and silver double spiral design dances with cultural duality, learns from the past and builds a future. It is celebratory and refreshingly original.

Flag by Michael Smythe

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


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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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.

Aotearoa NZ ~ tahi

Simply, Boldly . . . one element depicting ‘Long White Cloud’ . . . two fronds depicting equal partnership re ‘Te Teriti’ and their long journey and on into the future as well as the Silver Fern. That one long white element is also represents the Treaty document.



Again, ‘Long White Cloud’ and Te Tiriti, honouring equal partnership and treaty document, depicted by long white band along with ‘Silver Fern’ Fronds. The inclusion of black band is representing current Cultural and Uniform colours.

Flag by Colton Lambert

Green Harmony flag design (Option A)

This flag uses geometric shape, earthy tones and Maori texture to symbolise unity and peace. The shapes come from Nautical flags, and represent the 4 points of the Southern Cross. Woven flax reflects the idea of our multicultural nation. See links below for flag variations and collateral.

Flag by Debbie Weaver

New Zealand in Equilibrium

Gordon Walters’ Māori korus is a strong & simple image unique to NZ. The koru represents growth, strength, peace & long white cloud. Balance of colours & shapes represent equality & unity with respect for all. Fresh green background depicts pride & love New Zealanders have for environment.

Flag by Dave Sauvage

Land of the Long White Cloud

The white strokes are Aotearoa, as our ancestors would have first seen this land from the sea, that Te Tiriti O Waitangi gives us shared guardianship of. Influenced by Gordan Walters’ work, the circles show kaitiakitanga’s holistic approach and the modernised koru looks to our multicultural future.

Flag by Sarah Howard