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Referendum flag sets available for communities to fly

Referendum flag sets available for communities to fly

The Flag Consideration Panel announced today that sets of the official five alternative flags were now available for communities to fly in the lead up to the first binding postal referendum this year.

Flag Consideration Panel chair, Professor John Burrows, said this was an ideal opportunity for communities to see the alternatives in real-life situations, and consider their symbols, colours and meaning before ranking them in order of preference in voting papers.

“The designs incorporate the fern, the Southern Cross, our landscape and the koru, with colour combinations reflective of our heritage and contemporary culture.

The Koru is distinctive and instantly recognisable, symbolising new growth and rejuvenation. The abstract landscape communicates the uniqueness of our land, light and position and the fern is considered an iconic symbol of New Zealand, used in many different contexts and is a strong part of our heritage and history.

This is an important time in New Zealand’s history – it’s the very first time Kiwis have had an opportunity to think which flag best represents them now, and in the future, as individuals and as a nation that is progressive, inclusive and connected to its environment,” said Professor Burrows.

Professor Burrows reminded that the first referendum this year between 20 November and 11 December was about considering the possibilities, rather than a final decision on change.

“This referendum is to rank the alternative flags only, so the most preferred option can be established. It won’t be until the second referendum in March next year when we all make a final decision between keeping the flag or changing it, so there will be plenty of time for us to think about it,” he said.

The five flags are available at no cost to communities who have the ability to fly them in close proximity to each other; that is, all five flags flown on five separate flag poles that can Page 2 of 3

be seen from one location. Examples of this would be flying on a street, building or public accessway of some kind, to ensure the public see the all the alternatives equally.

To request a set of flags, email info@flag.govt.nz, with a contact name and details (including telephone number and email address).

Expressions of interest should include photos of the flag poles on which the flags will fly and information on the location of the poles in relation to each other. e.g. a map or sketch showing the location of each flag pole. The flags are 1.8m x 0.9m in size (and one is a different ratio) and suitable for outdoor use. A courier pack will be supplied so the flags can be returned after the referendum.

ENDS

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