Change the NZ Flag
This is the site of the NZFlag.com Trust - a Trust established to promote
debate about New Zealand's national identity and, in particular, about
New Zealand's flag. We believe that the time has come for New Zealanders
to choose a flag which represents New Zealanders as we see ourselves today
- to respect and reflect our history as a nation, to represent us to others
as we would we would like them to see us and, importantly, to carry us
forward with our hopes and aspirations for New Zealand's future.
Sir Miles Warren, ONZ, Architect
I agree that the time has come to change our national flag. The need for change has been well canvassed. For many people ours is indistinguishable from the Australian flag, it is seen as exclusively British and colonial and it's too complicated both to read and make.
I think the design brief for the new flag should include at least the following:
1. be a symbol or a recognisable form;
2. not simply be bands of colour as are so many European flags;
3. the symbol or form should relate to all New Zealanders and not be exclusively Pakeha or Maori (or indeed Asian); and
4. not be red, white and blue - British, French etc.
The maple leaf of the Canadian flag is an excellent example. The best proposal I have seen so far is a silver fern half on a black background and half on a green. Silver on black alone would be too sombre.
A new flag does not necessarily lead to republicanism.
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It's time to change our flag
This site is intended to stimulate debate about the New Zealand Flag. We
want all New Zealanders to ask whether the current flag represents our country
as we see ourselves today? Can we improve it? Does it portray the image
we want to give of New Zealand internationally? Most importantly, does it
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