New Zealand’s New Flag Could Be One Of These Designs – Design You Trust

New Zealand’s New Flag Could Be One Of These Designs

1
The government of New Zealand today published a list of 40 possible designs for its new national flag, ahead of a national referendum slated for later this year. The designs were selected by an independent panel from a list of nearly 10,300 online submissions that included a kiwi bird with laser eyes, a stick figure riding a bicycle, and an ice cream cone.

2
“Moving Forward” by Dominic Carroll

The designs selected today aren’t nearly as daring. Many include national symbols like the silver fern, the Southern Cross constellation, and the koru — a fern leaf motif common in Maori tradition. Notably, none of the submissions include the British Union Jack that features prominently in its current flag.

3
“Wā kāinga/Home” by Grant Alexander (principal), Alice Murray, Thomas Lawlor, and Jared McDowell

“A flag should carry sufficient dignity to be appropriate for all situations in which New Zealanders might be represented,” the 12-member “flag consideration panel” said in an open letter published Monday. “It should speak to all Kiwis. Our hope is that New Zealanders will see themselves reflected in these flags’ symbols, color and stories.”

4
“The Seven Stars of Matariki” by Matthew Clare

The campaign to choose a new flag was launched late last year, with Prime Minister John Key saying it was time for New Zealand to discard its current design in favor of one “that better reflects our status as a modern, independent nation.” The initiative has faced backlash over its costs, which are estimated at $17 million, and recent polls suggest that the majority of New Zealanders are in favorite of keeping their current flag.

5
“Land Of The Long White Cloud (Traditional Blue)” by Mike Archer

The panel will choose four finalists by mid-September, and voters will rank them in a referendum later this year. A second referendum will be held in March 2016, when voters will decide between their current flag and the alternative design. The panel will also conduct an extensive review of the 40 finalists released today, including “robust intellectual property checks.”

6
“Silver Fern (Black with Red Stars)” by Kyle Lockwood

7
“Koru Fin” by Daniel Crayford and Leon Cayford

8
“Koru (Blue)” by Andrew Fyfe

9
“Huihui/Together” by Sven Baker

10
“Tukutuku” by Pax Zwanikken

11
“Curly Koru” by Daniel Crayford and Leon Cayford

12
“Southern Cross Horizon” by Sven Baker

13
“Land Of The Long White Cloud” by Mike Archer

Via The Verge, The Guardian, New Zealand Herald, New Zealand Government

If you want more awesome content, subscribe to 'Oh, Design You Trust,' our brand new Facebook page! Trust me, you won't be disappointed.

More Inspiring Stories

A $49 Milllion Miniature Megacity Being Recreated In A 49,000-Square-Foot Exhibit Space In NYC
Official Final Fantasy 14-Themed Weddings Now Available In Japan
Now You Can Look Like A Void With This $22 Vortex Hoodie
Glowing Dress Turns Claire Danes Into Cinderella At The Met Gala
This Bizarre Romper Gives Your Baby A Cat’s Tail From Behind!
Japanese Master Restores Old Books
Confectioner Makes Creepy Desserts, And It Will Take Courage To Cut Into Them
Bare Gruesome Fangs And More With Japanese Designer’s Awesome Creature Masks
Craftsman Michael Plichta Created this Incredible Globe of Planet Mars
The Most Controversial Ultrarealistic Art Sculptures By Patricia Piccinini
Epic Video Game Room Decoration Ideas From PIXERS
Now You Can Look Like A Dutch Masterpiece While You Sleep
Teen Buys Cheap iPhone Online, Gets iPhone-Shaped Coffee Table Instead
Mars Snow Globe Ditches Snow For Swirling Martian Dust Storm
These 64 Colorized Photos From The Past Will Blow You Away
Ukrainian Artist Made A Mesmerizing Sculpture Of Giant Raindrop Resting On Man’s Face
Aliens Warrior Cookie Jar
After A Huge Snowfall, Lithuanians Went Out And Made Snow Sculptures
These Illuminated Cylinders Display Fairy Tales When People Get Inside To Power Them
40 Designs That Are So Bad That It’s Hard To Believe Someone Came Up With Them
The First Design-Protected Original AK47 Chair
Superb Giant Monkey-King-Shaped Transformer Statue Displayed In Chinese City Of Qingdao
Fantastic Cakes By Russian Chef That Will Blow You Away
Life-Size Cardboard Figures By Warren King