Which design should become New Zealand's new Flag?

Posted by: reece

https://www.govt.nz/browse/engaging-with-government/the-nz-flag-your-chance-to-decide/gallery/

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29 Total Votes
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Keep the present flag

The New Zealand flag is the symbol of the realm, government and people of New Zealand. Its royal blue background is derived from the ensign of the Blue Squadron of the Royal Navy. The stars of the Southern Cross emphasise this country's location in ... the South Pacific Ocean   more
11 votes
1 comment
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Silver Fern (Red,White & Blue)

The silver fern: A New Zealand icon for over 160 years, worn proudly by many generations. The fern is an element of indigenous flora representing the growth of our nation. The multiple points of the fern leaf represent Aotearoa's peaceful multicultu... ral society, a single fern spreading upwards represents that we are all one people growing onward into the future. The red represents our heritage and sacrifices made. Blue represents our clear atmosphere and the Pacific Ocean, over which all New Zealanders, or their ancestors, crossed to get here. The Southern Cross represents our geographic location in the antipodes. It has been used as a navigational aid for centuries and it helped guide early settlers to our islands   more
6 votes
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Embrace (Red & Blue)

The colours of the Union Jack, white, blue and red, represent that New Zealand is part of the Commonwealth. The Southern Cross indicates our geographic location, and is retained from the 1902 New Zealand flag. The fern, with its Koru head, combines ... the two main icons of New Zealand. It represents the personality of New Zealand: growth through hard work, love for family, the culture of Māori, uniqueness, and pride   more
4 votes
1 comment
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Black Jack (the image has two stars cut out from the southern cross)

Familiar, yet distinctly ours - this design reflects our people through an organic evolution rather than a revolution. It pays homage to our past, embraces our independence and reflects the pride we have in our shared achievements to date, and those...  yet to come   more
3 votes
3 comments
5

Black & White Fern

This design needs no introduction. It announces, emphatically, and unequivocally, Aotearoa New Zealand! It is simple. The fern with our national colours. Credit for the fern goes to The New Zealand Way Limited.
2 votes
1 comment
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Inclusive

The Koru pattern is symbolic of New Zealand. It represents the fern in its infancy and in growth, like our young country under the Southern Cross. It also symbolises inclusion with a wave passing between us and drawing us in together.
1 vote
1 comment
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Silver Fern (Green)

The silver fern represents our green country, our vast outdoors, national parks and farming. Equally it represents bravery and strength on the sports field.
1 vote
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Southern Koru

This design represents peace, tranquillity, personal growth, positive change and awakening. The koru represents new life and harmony and forms a wave in the negative space that represents the oceans that surround our land and Kupe’s journey across t... hem guided by the stars to arrive in Aotearoa   more
1 vote
1 comment
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Unity Koru (Red & Blue) (Couldn't find proper image of the flag)

An abstract Koru forming a unity symbol for the New Zealand people, speaking to a shared spirit and ambition for the future of New Zealand. The contemporary circular Koru design is inspired by a new fern frond unfurling as it grows represents new li... fe and harmony, the circle of life representing no beginning or end   more
0 votes
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Silver Fern (Black,White & Blue)

The silver fern: A New Zealand icon for over 160 years, worn proudly by many generations. The fern is an element of indigenous flora representing the growth of our nation. The multiple points of the fern leaf represent Aotearoa's peaceful multicultu... ral society, a single fern spreading upwards represents that we are all one people growing onward into the future. The bright blue represents our clear atmosphere and the Pacific Ocean, over which all New Zealanders, or their ancestors, crossed to get here. The Southern Cross represents our geographic location in the antipodes. It has been used as a navigational aid for centuries and it helped guide early settlers to our islands   more
0 votes
0 comments
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Tukutuku

Inspired by the geometric forms and colours found in Māori raranga and tukutuku. Weaving is an important part of our collective cultures, with strong roots in New Zealand and the Pacific, as well as the tartans, checks and tweeds of the British Isle... s. It also nods to the intricate thread work of Chinese tapestries, Indian silks and more. It speaks of our ancestors, has created fabric for warmth, sails for transport to our land, and tapestries to tell our stories   more
0 votes
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Modern Hundertwasser

The koru, in the shape of an unfurling fern frond, symbolises growth, strength, new life and peace. The forest green alludes to the unique natural beauty of New Zealand, the outdoors, our sport and agriculture. The white represents the long white cl... oud of Aotearoa, our integrity, and peace. The two colours together can be seen as humanity in harmony with nature. The design is a simplified adaption of the 1983 flag design proposed by artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser   more
0 votes
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Fern (Green, Black & White)

The simplicity of the design and use of green, black and white moulded together in the form of our beloved fern stands for who we are as a nation. We now see ourselves as a young, proud, green, independent, multicultural nation. This design ties all...  of those important aspects of who we are and what we stand for together. The colour black represents reflection; not forgetting our past and choosing our future path wisely. The 16 white fronds represent the regions of Aotearoa and its green land, continuing to inspire and provide   more
0 votes
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Raranga

Inspired by the geometric forms and colours found in Māori raranga and tukutuku. Weaving is an important part of our collective cultures, with strong roots in New Zealand and the Pacific, as well as the tartans, checks and tweeds of the British Isle... s. It also nods to the intricate thread work of Chinese tapestries, Indian silks and more. It speaks of our ancestors, has created fabric for warmth, sails for transport to our land, and tapestries to tell our storie   more
0 votes
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Koru and Stars

The koru is a New Zealand symbol that represents new life, growth, strength and peace and is an iconic symbol of New Zealand flora. This flag design replaces the Union Jack with a symbol that is unique to New Zealand and distinguishes itself without...  straying too far in appearance from the 1902 New Zealand flag   more
0 votes
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Finding Unity in Community

This flag tells the story of a 21st century Pacific democracy facing its future with confidence, optimism, pride and respect for all. Community is evoked by the combination of symbols and colours from both Māori and British traditions, combined in a... n innovative Kiwi way. It introduces a new sense of dynamism, with the striking and unique koru symbol and the hint of a waka ploughing through the blue waters of the ocean. This nautical reference tells the history of all our early migrants and our journey together into the future. The koru cradles within its tightly coiled shape many small individual fronds representing our multicultural society and the vision of their future potential. The koru also represents the love and respect we have for our environment   more
0 votes
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NZ One

This design symbolises clean, green New Zealand. The balanced design represents freedom of speech and equality for all races, genders and ages.
0 votes
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Koru (Blue)

As our flag unfurls, so too does its koru. The koru represents the fern frond, but is also reminiscent of a wave, a cloud, and a ram’s horn. In Māori kowhaiwhai patterns the koru represent new life, growth, strength and peace, and for this reason ha... s crossed cultures, taking a special place in Aotearoa’s visual language. It is the colour of the sea and the sky, both of which surround us   more
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Silver Fern (Black & White)

The silver fern: A New Zealand icon for over 160 years, worn proudly by many generations and symbolic of our pride and achievements. The fern is an element of indigenous flora representing the growth of our nation. The multiple points of the fern le... af represent Aotearoa's peaceful multicultural society, a single fern spreading upwards represents that we are all one people growing onward into the future   more
0 votes
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Manawa (Black & Green)

This design is stripped back, simple and punchy. The night sky. The Southern Cross. The long white cloud/whitecaps. The green of the land and sea. All with a strong Māori design element tying it together.
0 votes
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New Southern Cross

This design highlights our journey, using the iconic Southern Cross stars (and traditional element of the 1902 New Zealand flag) to symbolise our journey forward.
0 votes
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Unity Koru

This koru nestles between the traditional colours of the 1902 New Zealand flag, suggesting unity and tolerance. The circular shape of the koru helps to convey the idea of perpetual movement.
0 votes
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Huihui/Together (Couldn't find proper image of the flag)

This design represents the partnership forged between Māori and European settlers in the Treaty, through the interlocking Gordon Walters’ koru forms. These also symbolise Rangi and Papa – the sky and earth. A unity symbol that speaks to a shared spi... rit and collective ambition for the future   more
0 votes
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New Zealand Matariki

In this flag design, the Matariki constellation symbolises our journey. The Long White Cloud and the green land formation can be interpreted in a literal or symbolic manner, anchoring us and representing growth.
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Koru (Black)

As our flag unfurls, so too does its koru. The koru represents the fern frond, but is also reminiscent of a wave, a cloud, and a ram’s horn. In Māori kowhaiwhai patterns the the koru represent new life, growth, strength and peace, and for this reaso... n has taken a special place in Aotearoa’s visual language   more
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Pikopiko

The fern is synonymous with New Zealand and symbolic of new beginnings, life, opportunity, strength and peace. It was a food source for Māori which is a great metaphor for the growth of a nation. It has been visually depicted as a traditional Koru i... n a contemporary composition, suggesting the unity and oneness between past and present cultures. The design has a positive upwards momentum that instils pride, beauty, progress and success. Inspired by Ron Davidson’s original design: Our new NZ flag   more
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Silver Fern (Black,White & Red)

The silver fern: A New Zealand icon for over 160 years, worn proudly by many generations. The fern is an element of indigenous flora representing the growth of our nation. The multiple points of the fern leaf represent Aotearoa's peaceful multicultu... ral society, a single fern spreading upwards represents that we are all one people growing onward into the future. The colour red represents our heritage and sacrifices made. Black is a colour loved by Kiwis and symbolic of our pride and achievements. The Southern Cross represents our geographic location in the antipodes. It has been used as a navigational aid for centuries and it helped guide early settlers to our islands   more
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Land Of The Long White Cloud (Traditional Blue)

This design subtly references ‘The Land Of The Long White Cloud’, the Southern Cross and the Pacific Ring of Fire, with a nod to New Zealand’s silver fern and our geographic location within the world. The colour palette is iconic and incorporates el... ements from the 1902 New Zealand flag and the national Māori flag   more
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White & Black Fern

Just the silver fern. Black and white. On a flag, saying loud and clear: New Zealand. The design is simple and pure, using our national colours.
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The Seven Stars of Matariki

The seven stars of Matariki form a constellation important to New Zealand. This design retains the star element of the 1902 New Zealand flag, but makes it about being here now. The black field is a nod to the fields of our sports teams, proving that...  with determination and hard work every day, big things can happen   more
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Wā kāinga/Home

The white diagonal shape is representative of the Maihi (Māori meeting house). Symbolic of the coming together of all three influences Maori, Colonial past, multicultural future. The red triangle represents our Māori heritage. The use of red, black ... and white references Tino Rangatiratanga. The blue triangle represents our British heritage, bordering a white diagonal line symbolising the Union Jack. The black triangle is offering up strength and optimism in a national context as well as being symbolic of our mountainous landscape   more
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Curly Koru

This unfurling pikopiko koru is about vibrancy and energy contained in a small space. By using the Māori spiral design and applying the colours of the 1902 New Zealand flag, it honours both the indigenous and colonial cultures.
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Land Of The Long White Cloud (Ocean Blue)

This design subtly references ‘The Land Of The Long White Cloud’ and the Southern Cross, with a nod to New Zealand’s silver fern and our geographic location within the world. The colour palette is iconic and has been reduced to reflect New Zealand’s...  strong connection with the ocean and environment - past, present and future   more
0 votes
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Red Peak

Simplified geometric elements based on Taniko pattern representing land, sky, inspired by Rangi & Papa mythology, and a reference to heritage from the 1902 New Zealand flag.
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Moving Forward

This design represents our clean, green and forward thinking country. The Koru pattern is symbolic of New Zealand. It represents the fern in its infancy and in growth, like our young country under the Southern Cross. It also symbolises a wave drawin... g things in – moving forward   more
0 votes
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Unity Fern (Red & Blue)

The fern represents New Zealand. The white above signifies New Zealand as the Land of the Long White Cloud, and the white on the bottom half of the fern is to symbolise the fern, a unique symbol of New Zealand. The red top half of the fern next to t... he white background takes inspiration from the national Māori flag, Tino Rangatiratanga. The blue underneath the fern is from the Union Jack and the 1902 New Zealand flag. Credit for the fern goes to The New Zealand Way Limited   more
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Silver Fern (Black with Red Stars)

The silver fern: A New Zealand icon for over 160 years, worn proudly by many generations. The fern is an element of indigenous flora representing the growth of our nation. The multiple points of the fern leaf represent Aotearoa's peaceful multicultu... ral society, a single fern spreading upwards represents that we are all one people growing onward into the future. The Southern Cross represents our geographic location in the antipodes. It has been used as a navigational aid for centuries and it helped guide early settlers to our islands   more
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Southern Cross Horizon

This design combines the iconic Southern Cross constellation with an abstract horizon line intended to represent Aotearoa - land of the long white cloud.
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Manawa (Blue & Green)

This design incorporates the long white cloud/whitecaps. The green of the land and sea. The Southern Cross on the blue background pays homage to the 1902 New Zealand flag, but the Māori design element replaces the Union Jack.
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Koru Fin

This is an evolution of the 1902 New Zealand flag. The unfurling white koru design, formed by the red and blue sides meeting together, represents a young land, full of potential. Next to it sits the guiding stars of the Southern Cross, or in Māori t... radition, the Anchor or Arrow. No matter what object they represent, they help us find our way, and remind us of home   more
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Silver Fern (Black & Silver)

A contemporary silver fern which is widely representative of New Zealand and New Zealanders. A symbol each of us relate to, powerful and emotional inspiration at times when it matters. An iconic mark every New Zealander can relate to, standing out i... n the crowd, as a nation proud of our uniqueness and value. Credit for the fern goes to The New Zealand Way Limited   more
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reece says2015-08-14T08:10:34.4529087Z
The images started to glitch after the 25th one (i couldn't be f_cked restarting)
yoozur.naym says2015-08-14T13:50:25.1277228Z
Current flag is too similar to Australia's
TBR says2015-08-14T14:53:45.4254377Z
The in the market for a new flag?
Midnight1131 says2015-08-14T14:54:16.5944375Z
It would appear so
reece says2015-08-14T15:24:17.1579795Z
Yeah we are. No one here really cares though lol. But it might change.
FreedomBeforeEquality says2015-08-14T16:41:01.5430946Z
Whys that? The Union Jack become a hate symbol or something? Or does that only happen in America?
FreedomBeforeEquality says2015-08-14T16:42:34.1764884Z
I thought they had English background there? They are throwing it away for pacific islander indigenous peoples symbols instead??
tajshar2k says2015-08-14T16:44:39.1020892Z
@FreedomBeforeEquality, Why did we get rid of ours? We got independence. I'm guessing they feel the same way. Just not as intense.
reece says2015-08-14T16:49:58.9133027Z
@FreedomBeforeEquality New Zealand has it's own culture.
reece says2015-08-14T16:52:57.4408471Z
It doesn't matter if you're Pakeha or Maori, we're one.
Donderpants says2015-08-14T22:50:18.8574269Z
@FreedomBeforeEquality- No, even though it's considered globally least corrupt, it's far from perfect. This is an example of it doing something remarkably stupid. Not many people want a new flag, particularly considering how for a small country, it's very expensive on taxes. Yes, we did severely lose interest in Britain back in WW2, when they failed to manage for a few hours to do what New Zealand had been doing for several days, back in Galipoli. So while not hated, we no longer think of ourselves as their colony. Economically it's illogical to change it, I don't see why they're doing it...
Donderpants says2015-08-14T22:50:54.6447585Z
@reece You're a New Zealander too?
reece says2015-08-14T23:10:45.6938364Z
@Donderpants Yup.
larztheloser says2015-08-15T02:47:09.9534683Z
I'm also a new zealander. And weirdly enough I care about our flag.
triangle.128k says2015-08-15T03:24:12.9308273Z
Why has there been so few polls today?
reece says2015-08-15T03:26:41.4650702Z
@triangle.128k I might of broke the polls. Try to make one.
triangle.128k says2015-08-15T03:29:16.5437566Z
How is that possible?
triangle.128k says2015-08-15T03:29:46.1166836Z
When I created a new one, it wouldn't find any images, nor could I upload one.
tajshar2k says2015-08-15T03:30:00.5515315Z
I can't post a picture for some reason.
triangle.128k says2015-08-15T03:32:07.0859575Z
So it's not just me, the polls got messed up somehow.
reece says2015-08-15T03:43:10.4802100Z
Yeah, it was me lol. I broke it.
Donderpants says2015-08-15T04:15:10.2715796Z
@Larztheloser- Yes, I care about the flag. I care insofar as that the current one is good. The current one has history and is recognized well overseas. Why should we change it? It's financially a hassle, and it doesn't benefit us to change it.
larztheloser says2015-08-15T04:38:46.3587937Z
I debated for why NZ should change their flag once against a fellow New Zealander once, which people can read: http://www.edeb8.com/debate/NZ+should+adopt+a+new+flag. I'm not exactly one to shirk away from this kind of argument.
larztheloser says2015-08-15T04:39:46.7311807Z
(the full stop at the end of that URL is part of the URL, not part of the sentence. When DDO doesn't auto-link stuff it isn't always clear lol).
triangle.128k says2015-08-15T04:44:39.1193633Z
@reece How did you break it?
reece says2015-08-15T04:54:17.0919599Z
@triangle.128k When i was searching for the images, i used URL's from around the world. I think it overloaded the system. The pictures started to flicker.
58539672 says2015-08-15T05:37:05.5879649Z
Which one was accused of looking like the ISIS flag again?
reece says2015-08-15T05:47:19.2206946Z
@58539672 That's news to me.
58539672 says2015-08-15T06:19:23.6731937Z
@reece I was wondering where I heard that and then I remembered this video- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wz29_bFxBZA
reece says2015-08-15T06:46:38.4147098Z
@58539672 He was giving us a south African accent lol
58539672 says2015-08-15T06:52:10.9932417Z
@reece Close enough :)

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