This section of the website highlights a small selection of the alternative
designs for the New Zealand flag which have been promoted over time. There
are many such designs. We have highlighted only those that have achieved
some 'traction' in terms of publicity and following.
A Flag for Aotearoa
The flag represents the many aspects of our nation through a single element.
It builds on the essence of our predominant cultural ensigns - the silver
fern, the existing flag, the Tino Rangatiratanga flag, and Hundertwasser
flag. It is a symbol of strength, unity and peace for the future of this
Copyright Jeff James
John Hepburn Design
John Hepburn was born in Scotland and spent most of his working life in Canada
before arriving in New Zealand in 1993. In the 1999 General Election he stood
as a independent candidate for Tauranga with the sole manifesto of adopting
a new flag for the new millenium. "New Zealand has proved its independence.
It's dropped the British honours list, created a Supreme Court in favour of
the Privy Council and its national anthem is well established.
The only thing left is the flag."
Mike Lloyd Design
Mike Lloyd is a Dunedin born Kiwi living in Melbourne. His design of late
2002 has received considerable positive comment. He says of his design
"Every day we fly the same flag is another day where the uniqueness and
identity of our country is lost. When, not if, we change the flag of New
Zealand I believe there will be a huge surge in our national unity and
identity ... Here's my design... Red, white and black - primary colours
used in Maori design. Green - pounamu, agriculture, bush. The Southern
Cross and the fern."
Kyle Lockwood Design
Kyle Lockwood designed his new flag in June 2000. He recently entered
it in the "Hutt News" flag competition run in July 2004 where
it was voted the winning flag.
Kyle Lockwood was born in the eastern suburbs of Wellington, New Zealand
in the late 1970s. He has had an interest in drawing and designing from
an early age, from age 6, Kyle was often drawing the ships, aircraft,
and buildings he could see from the front window of his grandparents
seaside home. At college Kyle enjoyed design and craft related subjects
such as art, woodwork, and technical drawing.
Kyle attended Massey University, where he studied two architectural diplomas.
He graduated as top student in 2001. It was at Massey where he first drew
sketches for the silver fern flag. For 2 years Kyle worked for Wellington
based architects before setting up his own small architectural design
practice in the Hutt Valley.
Jason Paul Troup Design
Jason Paul Troup states that "a national flag should tell an up-to-date
story of that country and that it should appear in a simple form".
Jason Paul Troup was born and raised in Hastings, Hawkes Bay. After
finishing high school he worked briefly in New Zealand before travelling
overseas to start his OE. It was whilst on his OE that he heard that back
home, MP Marie Hasler was promoting the Silver Fern as a potential substitute
to our present day national flag.
The suggestion that the silver fern was the best flag for the job is
what spurred Jason on to design "FLAG NEW ZEALAND - KIWIFLAG". His view
is that the silver fern is more a sports symbol. Mr Troup, who along with
his wife Beata, run a small Backpackers Business in Hastings have been
promoting his design since returning to live in NZ in 1999.
Since then his campaign has been developed and promoted largely with
support from the Hawkes Bay business community. Local companies have backed
his campaign and provided services and time to produce promotional material
such as sticker, flyers, advertising and, of course, flags. Such great
community support has only reinforced Jason's desire to see a more representative
flag be adopted by New Zealand.
In the winter of 2000 Jason and Beata drove to Parliament in the "FLAGNZ
-KIWIFLAG" van where he met PM Helen Clark. He presented her with one
of the very first Flags to be produced and still hopes that one day this
will appear above the Beehive.
Since then the design has appeared numerous times in the nation's newspapers
as well as a couple of appearances on television - the latest of which
was the Sunday TV show Oct 04, where the design was named as one of the
"unofficial front runners". Jason says "the public must and will push
one flag to the forefront during this campaign". He hopes to see a short
list of 2-4 popular designs that will be presented to the public to choose
from. He stresses that, in his view, the public must have an ample period
of time (1-3 years or an election cycle) to get to know those flags on
the short list and what they represent before a final vote is taken.