New Zealand has narrowed down the options for its likely new flag layout to incorporate 3 fern motifs and a traditional koru emblem .

Announced at a ceremony this morning, the 4 choices will be voted for by New Zealanders and pitted against the country’s existing banner.

A government-appointed twelve-strong jury minimize down the candidates from the forty possible styles unveiled last month, which have been selected from above 10,000 types submitted by members of the public.

The four shortlisted types are Silver Fern (Black and White) by Alofi Kanter Koru by Andrew Fyfe and Silver Fern (Red, White and Blue) and Silver Fern (Black, White and Blue), each by Kyle Lockwood.

Voters will rank the four patterns in a postal referendum between 20 November and eleven December 2015.

They will then determine in March regardless of whether to instate the new design and exchange the current flag, which it has flown because 1902. If the replacement is picked, it will be adopted six months later on.

Silver Fern (Black and White) by Alofi Kanter Silver Fern (Black and White) by Alofi Kanter

New Zealand prime minister John Important has led the campaign for a flag to substitute the present design, which features the UK’s Union Jack motif.

Important has commented that the recent design “symbolises a colonial and submit-colonial era whose time has passed”, as properly as the similarities among the flags of Australia and New Zealand – also recognized as Aotearoa by the indigenous Maori people.


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In Kanter’s design and style, a fern frond sweeps from the bottom-left corner to the leading proper. The leaves and stem on the bottom half are white on a black background, with the inverse used on the other side.

“The fern has been a distinctive symbol of New Zealand for the past a hundred many years,” stated Kanter. “Strong and basic, it represents our uniqueness as Aotearoa New Zealand and the black and white colors show our ‘yin and yang’, with the softly curved spine of the frond binding us all with each other as a youthful, independent and proud nation.”

Silver Fern (Red, White and Blue) by Kyle Lockwood Silver Fern (Red, White and Blue) by Kyle Lockwood

Kyle Lockwood also used the fern prominently in his style, but integrated the country’s current red, white and blue colour scheme, as nicely as its four stars – recognized as the Southern Cross.

“The red represents our heritage and sacrifices made,” Lockwood said. “Blue represents our clear ambiance and the Pacific Ocean, in excess of which all New Zealanders, or their ancestors, crossed to get here.”

“The Southern Cross represents our geographic place in the antipodes. It has been utilized as a navigational assist for centuries and it assisted guide early settlers to our islands.”

Silver Fern (Black, White and Blue) by Kyle Lockwood Silver Fern (Black, White and Blue) by Kyle Lockwood

Yet another of Lockwood’s types that produced the shortlist is nearly identical, but swaps the red portion for black and the blue for a brighter shade.

Last but not least, Andrew Fyfe’s Koru design is black on the correct and white on the left, with a swirl of the two shades where they meet off centre.

“The koru represents the fern frond, but is also reminiscent of a wave, a cloud, and a ram’s horn,” explained Fyfe. “In Māori kowhaiwhai patterns the koru signify new existence, development, power and peace, and for this explanation has taken a particular place in Aotearoa’s visual language.”

Koru by Andrew Fyfe Koru by Andrew Fyfe

The Flag Consideration Undertaking is component of a current trend for crowdsourced design and style initiatives, which has witnessed the Nationwide Museum of Qatar get public recommendations for its new visual identity and Karim Rashid ask his Facebook followers to decide on the facade for a creating in New York.

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