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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.

Why Change?

Daniel Kereopa, Surfer
I was brought up in Huntly and am now based in Raglan. As a professional surfer I travel widely, both within New Zealand and internationally. I am very proud of New Zealand and of my heritage. Whenever I travel I take my Tino Rangatiratanga flag to show my pride as a Maori, and to support the voice of indigenous peoples everywhere. I take the silver fern along too and it is also incorporated in our NZ surf team uniforms. For me, the current New Zealand flag does not represent the country as I feel about it. More than that, in my experience other nationalities recognise us through the silver fern and know us as "Kiwis". I am sure this is mainly because the silver fern has been so widely used to represent us as a nation and because so many New Zealanders feel an affinity with it. In my sport we come across too many Aussies! It is hard for most people to differentiate between the New Zealand flag and the Australian flag. When I'm surfing I like all the Aussies and everyone else to know its a Kiwi competing.

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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 inspire us?

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