Tino Rangatiratanga Flag

I recreated a .svg file of the Official Tino Rangatiratanga Flag as I noticed the version popularly referenced on Wikipedia didn’t look correct. The koru pattern didn’t seem correct & on close inspection it seemed a poor copy. So I uploaded a new version for anyone & referenced as correctly as I could.

This .svg is a vector file, meaning it can be enlarged to print at any size & edited.

“The Tino Rangatiratanga flag, designed by Hiraina Marsden, Jan Smith and Linda Munn & promoted by the Maori Patriotic group Te Kawariki.
Elements of the flag

Te Kawariki’s own account of their activities, 20 years of protest action 1979-1999, Te Kawariki, outlines the elements of the Maori flag as follows:

Black – represents Te Korekore, the realm of Potential Being. It represents the long darkness from whence the world emerged. It represents the heavens. The male element is formless, floating and passive.

White – represents Te Ao Marama, the realm of Being and Light. It is the Physical World. White also symbolises purity, harmony, enlightenment, and balance.

Koru – the curling frond shape, the Koru, represents the unfolding of new life. It represents rebirth and continuity, and offers the promise of renewal and hope for the future.

Red – represents Te Whei Ao, the realm of Coming into Being. It symbolises the female element. It also represents active, flashing, southern, falling, emergence, forest, land and gestation. Red is Papatuanuku, the Earth Mother, the sustainer of all living things. Red is the colour of earth from which the first human was made.

The design represents: the balance of natural forces with each other. To live life is to live with nature. To appreciate life is to understand nature.

“The Māori Party became a coalition partner in the National-led government in 2008 and party co-leader Pita Sharples took up the issue. Prime Minister John Key said a Māori flag could fly on the bridge if Māori could agree on a flag. The tino rangatiratanga flag was chosen after a public consultation process, and was flown over the bridge and in other public locations on Waitangi Day 2010. It became the national Māori flag.”