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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?

David Gascoigne, Chair: NBR New Zealand Opera, Former Executive Chair: New Zealand International Arts Festival
Our current flag - which has a proud tradition - no longer works well enough: one quarter commemorates the union of three northern hemisphere countries in 1801 - and that's not relevant to us; three quarters show the Southern Cross on a blue background - but seven other nations have that too. There are really only two things that could provide a suitably distinctive central motif for us: the kiwi - but it is too hard to depict in a non-comical way; the silver fern: if it is elegantly stylised in white upon a black background, then this can be a winner. Lloyd Morrison's suggested version is, I believe, just fine. It can rank alongside what is perhaps the finest of the world's current flags: Canada's brilliant maple leaf, with red and white. Let's go...

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