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New Zealand’s new flag

So New Zealanders have been getting creative, showing their artistic flare and coming up with ideas for a new flag.  The idea of change is backed by the confusion between our flag and the Australians one,  some feeling the union jack representing our ties with Great Britain is passed its used by date or just wanting a new design to better represent the New Zealand of today.  Those against argue for the history it holds or that soldiers died fighting under it or some of them are just against the idea because they don’t like John Key, our Prime Minister who started the process.  The nation is divided over it though.  Facebook, twitter and talk back radio are a buzz with heated debate.

Australian flag on the left, New Zealand on the right

Australian flag on the left, New Zealand on the right

The process itself could be seen as very democratic with everybody given a chance to submit a design online.  Over 10,000 flag designs were submitted.  From this a flag panel of 12 had the job of touring NZ to get an idea of what people were after and then narrowing the submissions down to a final four.  A referendum will then let people choose which creation they like the most.  The final step is then to put this chosen flag up against the original one in another referendum.  After this New Zealand may or may not end up with a new flag.  Below are the final four.

Final four flag choices

Final four flag choices

Top requests for the flag were the silver fern, southern cross and Maori Koru designs.  Despite this I thought I would take this opportunity to share with you some of the other amazing and creative designs that were submitted by talented kiwis.

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Animals, nature, blah, blah, blah.

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Nyan Kiwi. “This flag combines the Southern Cross and colour scheme of our existing flag, with the rainbow design of the popular Nyan Cat meme. This design uses the Nyan Kiwi. The kiwi’s colour represents our mixed race society, and its trail represents the colourful variety of cultures present in New Zealand society. The Nyan theme music could also be used as fresh, and simpler, national anthem.

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This design represents all of NZ because we have lots of sheep and love hokey pokey ice cream. I even included the blue and red to keep all of you naysayers happy. Kiwi as bro.

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That feel when our eyes gaze upon the flightless and majestic rare-Kiwi bird is a classic icon of NZ’s deep relationship with our ancestors, their spirit, land and culture. Te Pepe Tamariki, Te Papa Aotearoa.

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I believe it accurately represents the NZ people as hard working people from today on into the future.

 

The laser beam projects a powerful image of New Zealand. I believe my design is so powerful it does not need to be discussed.

The laser beam projects a powerful image of New Zealand. I believe my design is so powerful it does not need to be discussed.

We're known as Kiwis around the world which is a great moniker because it captures how friendly and informal we are, so I think the flag should definitely have a Kiwi on it. It's upside down because we're from Downunder (which is totally tongue in cheek).

We’re known as Kiwis around the world which is a great moniker because it captures how friendly and informal we are, so I think the flag should definitely have a Kiwi on it. It’s upside down because we’re from Downunder (which is totally tongue in cheek).

Even John Oliver, who has taken the opportunity to poke fun at New Zealanders several times, has given his view on the New flag options.

If you want to take a look at the many other funny designs that were submitted then a quick google search will reveal many more.

  1. You should have the one with children and nature and lollypops and rainbow and then, when New Zealand fools everyone and suddenly conquers the world, you should change it to Laser Kiwi, people would be terrified and they’d never dare to question New Zealand’s supremacy.

    Right? 😀

    • So they had the first referendum where the black and blue fern one won. Now there us a second referendum in March where they put that up against the old one.

      • What do you think about that design? It’s not bad, but seems like a bit too much of a compromise to me… Maybe that’s an argument against design by democracy… Personally I’d have gone for the black and white fern. Or the laser beam.

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