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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?

Theresa Gattung, Former CEO Telecom
It's time we had a flag that makes a statement about where we're heading as a nation - or at least made a decision to positively embrace the existing flag if that's what New Zealanders want.

As it is, we inherited the existing flag without ever making a decision about why we have it and what it means.

Personally, I'd love to see a flag that says something strong and positive about New Zealand - embracing the fact that we're anchored in the Pacific and we're a diverse bunch of people. It's important to honour the past, but the existing flag links us to just one country the United Kingdom. It would be great to have something that's deeply rooted in this part of the world. My parents emigrated from Britain to New Zealand to start a new and better life in a country that wasn't hide-bound by the traditional class system. They wanted to have a family and, the way they saw it, New Zealand offered better opportunities for their children. Today, my three sisters and I are extremely grateful they made that choice.

The New Zealand my parents arrived at 40 or so years ago is miles different from the one we now live in. We've become a much more diverse country and we like the idea that Kiwis continually make their presence felt on the world stage, whether in sport, business, film or the arts.

So let's have a flag that says something about that spirit.

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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 inspire us?

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