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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?

Clarke Gayford, C4 Music Television Presenter
"To me, New Zealand is like an awkward teenager, quickly coming to terms with its own identity and no longer suited to wearing the out of date school uniform imposed on it by its elderly parents. How the rest of the world sees us is only a small part of it. I believe it's really all about how we see ourselves. So many things are now evident in our society that suggest we have a new found confidence in who we are (New Zealand music popularity at an all time high, Lord of the Rings, New Zealand clothing brands and New Zealand logos on clothing worn with immense pride) and the flag needs to change to represent this feeling of our 'kiwiness', our individuality. As a Kiwi I want to put my hand up and go 'yep that's a piece of me', and not, 'well that's a piece of the George Cross and that's a part of?? oh hang on, no sorry, that's actually the Australian flag'. The silver fern just makes so much sense, it is a symbol already supported by all, it gives us a greater sense of identity and it makes a bold beautiful statement of who we are."

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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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