New Zealand Reveals Shortlist For New Flag Design

Four finalists have been selected from thousands of entries

New Zealand has announced the four finalists for a new national flag. The 12-person flag consideration panel selected the four entries from the longlist of 40 it announced earlier in August.

The government sponsored campaign to find an alternative flag has garnered more than 10,000 entries.

Three of the finalist designs feature the silver fern leaf and the fourth features a spiralling black and white koru, a traditional Maori symbol for new life and creation.

Kiwis will vote on their favourite design at a referendum later this year. That winner will then go to another vote against the current flag in March 2016.

John Burrows, who heads the project, says “It should celebrate us as a progressive, inclusive nation that’s connected to the environment, has a sense of its past and a vision of its future.”

“For well over a century, the fern’s been an iconic and instantly recognisable symbol of New Zealand, it’s been a very strong part of our heritage and it works so well on a flag.”

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