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Sunday 11 October 2015

Designing a new flag: the rainbow contenders

Posted in: Features
By Jacqui Stanford - 19th May 2015

There’s lots of debate about whether we should even be spending money on deciding whether to change the flag, never mind what the proposed new one should look like.

But among the more than 1,200 submissions, we’ve found a few budding designers who think we should add a dash of rainbow to our national ensign.

Designed by: Richard Aslett from Manawatu-Wanganui


The designer says: I feel “eNZign” would make a good flag for NZ, as if change is necessary, we need to be bold, different and stand out; Yet still relate to the peoples, land, waters and skies of Aotearoa. “eNZing” came about due to every year on Waitangi Day the debate would arise about our National Flag. The idea was to formulate a design that would incorporate relevant elements and introduce much needed colour (as opposed to the usual drab designs doing the rounds), drawing on foundations from the past, yet combining the modern, presented with a fresh new-millennium approach.

Originally painted onto a large canvas in 2007, and long since sold (aptly to a buyer from Waitangi), all proceeds went equally to local, national and international charities.

The “eNZign” Flag draws on three familiar insignia designs; the traditional "Southern Cross" stars, the more recent Tino Rangatiratanga, and the ever popular "sporting" NZ Silver Fern; Yet also incorporates a Rainbow of colours to represent all genders, religious, political, and sexual orientations, plus the new and many differing races and cultures of peoples now inhabiting our Pacific paradise of Godzone, NZ, Aotearoa… All combined in one uniting, binding, Koru frond.

Rainbow & Long White Cloud
Designed by: Lindsay, Ally & Pearl from Auckland


The designers say: White- long white cloud, New Zealand Rainbow - diversity of our society Equal width of each colour represents equal right of each person White cloud and rainbow also represents our pristine environment

Colours of NZ
Designed by: gaygamesblog from Auckland
Suggested by: Lisa McFarland from Auckland


The designer says: The colours can be adapted.I think it should be a silver fern in corner, the colours represent diversity - mirroring the colours of flags from many pacific nations that call NZ home as well as the Takatāpui of NZ.

Shades of NZ
Designed by: Tim Pimsbury from Taranaki


The designer says: I think it represents the diversity of New Zealand. On the left we have the diversity, on the right we have New Zealand. Perfect, simple, elegant.

Designed by: Logan Wu from Wellington


The designer says:New Zealand has come a long way since colonialization in many ways. The icons in this flag are representative of our achievements from the successful implantation of Maori culture in the mountains of the individual cultures that make up our multiculturalism, to the freedom of expression enjoyed by all, including the national pastimes that have replaced the Southern Cross. Choosing a flag that celebrates and recognizes our achievements and forward thinking is one of the most important steps we can take to show the world how we, as kiwis, are off to a flying start.

Nyan Kiwi
Designed by: Fosh from Wellington


The designer says:This flag combines the Southern Cross and colour scheme of our existing flag, with the rainbow design of the popular Nyan Cat meme. This design uses the Nyan Kiwi. The kiwi's colour represents our mixed race society, and its trail represents the colourful variety of cultures present in New Zealand society. The Nyan theme music could also be used as fresh, and simpler, national anthem.

New Zealanders have until 16 July to submit flag designs, which a panel will cut down to four contenders in September. At the end of this year there will be a referendum on which design we like best, followed by another next year when we decide if we want to change it at all.


Jacqui Stanford - 19th May 2015

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