Thank you New Zealand

The words below are common values New Zealanders have shared. An independent Flag Consideration Panel will now use them to help select four alternative designs to be ranked in the first binding referendum.
Next year, in a second referendum, you’ll decide between a preferred alternative and the current flag.

Find out about the different ways that thousands of New Zealanders shared their values here.
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I stand for where the ocean meets the land

Jenny T
20 hours ago

I stand for The flag we have!! My great grandparents fought for this flag and many of our countrymen died for it. I don’t care what people say about this flag it is apart of me and I will fly this flag for the rest of my life and so will my children, it is who I am and forever will be.

Ann-Marie Peck
20 hours ago

I stand for historical allegiance and national identity

Paul Johnson
20 hours ago

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I stand for a unique place where we have genuine freedom to choose a path forward that is positive and inclusive. This is a unique opportunity to be brave and creative, and open to change and growth. My father went to war to protectour freedom to choose. I choose to focus more on a positive path ahead than on a past that was not inclusive or fair.

Elizabeth St Claire
20 hours ago

I stand for The new flag should have a white stripe to recognise New Zealand’s native name as the land of the long white cloud. Furthermore the colour white represents peace as New Zealand was recently ranked as the fourth safest country in the world according to the 2015 Global Peace Index. Therefore the colour white should be featured in the flag in order to recognise these important aspects of New Zealand’s unique identity. Another stripe of traditional icons such as the silver fern should also be incorporated in the flag.

I stand for Being part of the Pacific and having Maori, Scottish and Irish ancestors. I would like to have a flag with a koru to signify growth, the stars of Matariki to signify the Pacific and blue white and red for Great Britain. It may also be good to have an image that represents the mountains and the sea for New Zealand.

Deborah Stuart
20 hours ago

I stand for equality

Jayne Stephens
21 hours ago

I stand for a unique place where we have genuine freedom to choose a path forward that is positive and inclusive. This is a unique opportunity to be brave and creative, and open to change and growth. My father went to war to protectour freedom to choose. I choose to focus more on a positive path ahead than on a past that was not inclusive or fair.

Elizabeth St Claire
20 hours ago