The Flag Consideration Panel is inviting people to upload designs for a new flag.
There are more than 2000 in the gallery already.
After all the scoffing at the exercise I scrolled through the public offerings on the project’s website this week not expecting to find anything that hit the spot. But this one did.
The more I looked at it the more I liked it.
It’s beautiful. It is elegant and dignified as a national flag needs to be. At the same time it is fresh, lively, distinctive and stylish. In its shapes and colours it has the look and feel of New Zealand.
It is the work of an Aucklander, Blair Chant, who took his inspiration from the Tino Rangatiratanga flag, retaining the Maori curves of the koru and changed the colours. He says the deep green represents land and our environment, the blue, the oceans around us, while the koru, “transforms the ocean into a crashing wave, the green into a safe harbour.” . .