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27 September 2004 Trust publishes new flag design

Following the earlier release of Dick Frizzell's new flag design, the Trust has published a new flag design on its website. The design is by Adam Schroyen, a student of the Victoria University School of Architecture and Design, and was the winning entry in the competition recently run by STUDIO, the student representative body of the School.

The new design for the flag can be seen on the website under the "New Designs" section at

STUDIO ran the flag design competition, with the judges being Peter Hume and John Woollett, from Flagmakers of Wellington, and Robin Skinner, a lecturer at the School of Architecture and Design.

Adam Schroyen commented about his new black, white and green flag :

"The white and green sections in this design symbolise New Zealanders' close relationship with the land. The white strip is iconic of Aotearoa, the 'land of the long white cloud', while the green represents the lush native bush and fertile land. Black is internationally becoming more synonymous with New Zealanders, as abroad they are commonly represented clothed in black. The shape of the white strip is influenced from native and indigenous forms that refer to our diverse history and the overall composition represents the cohesion and honesty of the people of New Zealand."

The Trust was established to promote debate about the design of the New Zealand flag. While the Trust uses a stylised silver fern as the emblem for its campaign, the Trust has been adamant that this design is NOT intended as a potential design for a new New Zealand flag. In addition to being an emblem for change, the Trust's flag is designed to stimulate debate - which it has done very successfully to date!

The Trust is also promoting new design ideas for the flag. It is running a national flag design competition for young New Zealanders and it aims to promote a number of new designs on the website as the campaign progresses. The website will shortly include a new section highlighting New Zealand flag designs which have been promoted by designers for some time.

The Trust, established in April seeks to gather around 300,000 signatures early next year to hold a referendum asking New Zealanders to have their say on whether New Zealand should change the design of its flag.


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