The people of New Zealand were recently given the historic opportunity to redesign a new flag for their proud nation.
It doesn’t look like New Zealanders took this task particularly seriously though, judging by some of the designs which were submitted on the government’s dedicated flag website.
Fortunately, two postal ballots will be held in 2016 to determine a preferred alternative to the current flag, and decide whether it should actually be changed.
That’s good thinking. Otherwise, New Zealand could have ended up with one of these incredible pieces of work flying above major political and sporting events.
Here are some of the funniest and weirdest entries from the competition, along with the artists’ (sometimes misspelled) descriptions:
Liam Gerrard from Auckland:
I have used both traditional and new colours, plus the silver fern and the southern cross. The theme relates to our wild and different weather and natural beauty.
Michael Tuffin from Manawatu-Wanganui:
I am delighted to present a flag that every New Zealander can agree to. It is recognizable globally and represents our green countryside, our clear blue skies, and the sheep doubles as a long white cloud. It also carries forward, tradition with the use of the star in place of the eye.
Aku A from Waikato:
Bird accualy is kiwi. Is well known icon of our country and people. Also stars are southern cross and blue is pacific ocean. Where we’re from and how we got here.
Hannah Jackson from Northland:
i think it woudl make a good flag of nz because its yellow and is happy and it would really cheer people up.
James Ireland from Auckland:
Animals, nature, blah, blah, blah.
Davy Lee from Auckland:
Because it portrays that we are a nation of happy, harmless kwis.
David Astil from Waikato:
That feel when our eyes gaze upon the flightless and majestic rare-Kiwi bird is a classic icon of NZ’s deep relationship with our ancestors, their spirit, land and culture. Te Pepe Tamariki, Te Papa Aotearoa.
Toko Ma from Taranaki:
I would like the New Zealand flag to promote our Clean Green Environment.
Angela Inglis from Auckland:
The yellow motif represents the golden sun, and the golden chips of this fair land. It’s our British heritage, filling our hearts with pride and our tummy’s with Kai. The Fish (Ika) represents the main source of food for Maori (after all the moa’s had been scoffed up and before the settlers arrived). We haven’t battered the fish so this flag is safe for all the gluten free people too.
KC from Auckland:
Land of the sheep.
Logan Wu from Wellington:
New Zealand has come a long way since colonialization in many ways. The icons in this flag are representative of our achievements from the successful implantation of Maori culture in the mountains of the individual cultures that make up our multiculturalism, to the freedom of expression enjoyed by all, including the national pastimes that have replaced the Southern Cross. Choosing a flag that celebrates and recognizes our achievements and forward thinking is one of the most important steps we can take to show the world how we, as kiwis, are off to a flying start.
Jesse Gibbs from Canterbury:
This design represents all of NZ because we have lots of sheep and love hokey pokey ice cream. I even included the blue and red to keep all of you naysayers happy. Kiwi as bro.
James Gray from Auckland:
The laser beam projects a powerful image of New Zealand. I believe my design is so powerful it does not need to be discussed.
I’m honestly shocked that there isn’t an Australian bashing design among these! Give it time…