Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

New Zealand might be getting a new flag - and here are the awesome designs

Someone please let Geri Halliwell down gently: the Union Jack is on its way out.

We’re not referring to the ongoing tussle over Scottish independence (just yet), rather the news that New Zealand is considering changing its flag, a move which would surely mean banishing the tiny Union Jack present in its top left corner forever.

It’s not all bad though: a special committee has picked 40 favourites from 10,292 new flag designs and the results are cooler than you might expect.

First flown in 1902, New Zealand’s current flag has long been a source of debate for members of the public. Some feel it is far too alike to the Australian flag, making the issue of constantly being compared to their southern hemisphere neighbours even worse, while others actually believe the Union Jack itself to be the problem, an outdated relic referring to a colonial past.

Then there’s the staunch supporters of the flag, proud of its tradition and also not too happy at the projected £11m cost of such a widespread change. Such is the debate, the government has said decisions on the flag should be made by all New Zealanders eligible to vote, with a panel choosing the final four flag designs by mid-September – these will be voted for in a November referendum.

So have a gander at the 40–strong shortlist below.

Related

plane2.png

This is what planes could look like by 2050

flavorkim.jpg

North Korea To Establish its Own Time Zone

pluto.jpg

Everything you need to know about New Horizon's Pluto trip

dot2.jpg

This is the first smartwatch for the blind

1.jpg

A supremely handy interactive European food guide

main.jpg

Famous Films and TV shows Turned Into Game of Thrones Banners

Comments

More

Sir David Attenborough and Blue Planet are coming back in 2017

If it's anything like as good as 'Planet Earth II' then we're in for a treat

by Alex Finnis
20 Feb 2017

Dad's rant about his ex-wife goes viral for all the right reasons

Parent goals

by Emily Badiozzaman
20 Feb 2017

Someone perfectly remixed a Donald Trump superfan to Eminem's 'Stan'

I love you Trump, we could have been together

by Emily Badiozzaman
20 Feb 2017

You can now buy 'luxury iceberg water' for £80

Water joke

by Dave Fawbert
17 Feb 2017

There is an eighth continent that you had no idea existed

Move over Australasia, there's a new kid in town

17 Feb 2017

Tony Blair declares "mission" to get UK to "rise up" against Brexit

Former PM claims people voted "without knowledge of the true terms of Brexit"

by Joe Ellison
17 Feb 2017

The most batshit crazy moments from Trump's latest press conference

"War with Russia would be a nuclear holocaust like no other"

by Emily Badiozzaman
17 Feb 2017

People are angry about this video of a woman talking to cheating ex

The brutal reality of #HurtBae is uniting the internet in outrage

by Dave Fawbert
16 Feb 2017

14-year-old gives chocolates to all 537 girls in his school

This guy. This guy. We should all be this guy

by Dave Fawbert
16 Feb 2017

Bulletproof glass wall to be built around base of Eiffel Tower

In an effort to protect the fragile tower from attacks

by Emily Badiozzaman
16 Feb 2017