New Zealand Flag Design Options

The list of possible New Zealand Flag design options has been narrowed down to 40.

Image of the New Zealand flag design options.

As you may have heard, New Zealand is looking to change its flag design. This is partly because many people believe that the New Zealand flag is similar to the Australian flag. The government has allowed the public to submit their New Zealand flag designs.

Nearly 10,000 submissions were reviewed by the “Flag Consideration Panel”. After careful consideration, the panel has narrowed down the list of potential New Zealand flag designs to 40. All of the 40 designs selected have been submitted by residents of New Zealand. “In reviewing alternatives, we were guided that a potential new flag should unmistakably be from New Zealand and celebrate us as a progressive, inclusive nation that is connected to its environment, and has a sense of its past and vision for its future,” said John Burrows, Chairman of the Flag Consideration Project.

Of the New Zealand flag design options, the silver fern is the most common object to appear on the flag. The silver fern appears on everything in New Zealand, except the national flag. The silver fern is a national symbol in New Zealand, similar to the maple leaf on the Canadian flag. It makes sense to include the silver fern on the New Zealand flag, but the official decision is TBD.

Let’s take a look at a few of the favorites to win the overall bid.

Image of the Silver Fern flag design for New Zealand.

“Silver Fern (Black & White)” – Design by Kyle Lockwood. The New Zealand Prime Minister is rumored to be in favor of the silver fern on an all black background. However, one flag expert says that it could be mistaken for the ISIS flag. Below are a few alternatives.

Image of the Fern flag design for New Zealand.

“Fern (Green, Black & White)” – Design by Clay Sinclair and Sandra Ellmers.

Image of the Green Silver Fern flag design for New Zealand.

“Silver Fern (Green) – Design by Roger Clarke.


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