Mana #2

A stylised silver-white tree fern against a pitch black night sky depicting the initial discovery of this land by our ancestors. When they first set eyes upon New Zealand, walked along it’s shores, and looked up from beneath the canopy of its forests to the stars above.

Flag by Justine Polkinghorne

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

Unified New Zealand – Refined

The welcoming of land, sea & sky. The wave & arches (Blue) brining the settlers to new lands (green), guided by the southern cross & unified together. The Blue & Red representing our history, the green for land, prosperity & the colour of the Koru, together representing the people of New Zealand.

Flag by Lukas Kelly

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.

One nation

The fern has been embraced for decades and is well established and loved. The koru is not only of maori significance but known throughout the worlds cultures. The white blade is Aotearoa between the sea and sky which by doing so ’connects’ us with past, present and future. Colonial colours remain.

Flag by Keith Knightbridge