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New Zealand Is Designing a New Flag, and Here Are The Options

Kevin Whipps March 31, 2021 · 1 min read

Flags can be controversial. Sometimes they reflect times and ideas that have long since disappeared, and other times they’re a relic of the past. You don’t see too many flag redesigns nowadays, but New Zealand is doing one right now. They got a ton of submissions, and now there are 40 candidates for the next flag.
This is their current flag.
NewZealandFlag
Why the big change? Well, if you take a quick peek, you’ll notice that outside of one submission, there’s no reference to the Union Jack, the famous U.K. flag. That’s because they wanted to move past the colonization stage of their life as a country, and they also want to differentiate their flag from Australia’s, which is pretty similar if you’re not intimately familiar with the pair.
So here are their options. What do you think?

(A larger version of the image can be found here: PDF LINK)


Kevin Whipps is a writer and editor based in Phoenix, Arizona. When he’s not working on one of the many projects in his queue, he’s looking for fun and irreverent things online to share with his friends.

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5 Comments
  • Not sure I'm a fan of the fern designs. I kinda dig #1 though. It's simpler than most of the others and has sort of a classy feel. 7 years ago
  • Silver Fern (Black & White) by: Kyle Lockwood is the best, in my opinion. 7 years ago
  • Totally agree with josh - #1 seems to fit nicely, Maybe experiment with the colours...? 7 years ago
  • Either #1 (raranga) or #16 (southern cross horizon) I'd say. Looks the best in my opinion and would work in both black and other colors. 7 years ago
  • The dumbest thing about this, is that we weren't even asked if we wanted a new flag before the government spent all this money on calling for new flag designs etc. it's all backwards and we don't need a new flag anyway. (I'm a New Zealander, in case that wasn't obvious :P ) 7 years ago