These two designs have together received 52% of votes in my flag poll.
So why not put them together?
Now we have four traditional New Zealand icons in the one flag: the Southern Cross; the colour black; the Maori colours of red, black and white; and the silver fern.
If you voted for one of the top two flags, do you think this one’s better or worse?
Thanks to friend and reader Maygrove for suggesting this combo – which I happened to have on standby as one of my 135 rejects.
Now, as I did with the blue flag on the last post, here are the same three alternative star arrangements – plus my pictorial inspiration for this design…
Variant 1: angled stars close to fern.
Variant 2: upright stars close to fern.
Variant 3: upright Southern Cross layout.
As I’ve said before, my goal is not to come up with a wildly original flag. A great flag should be the most beautiful refinement of the obvious.
Below is my inspiration for the design you see above: the crown issued to commemorate King George VI’s Royal Tour of 1949.
What’s that – there was no Royal Tour of 1949? That’s right, the crown came out, but the king didn’t.
I hope I’ve done justice to this design now, even though neither the blue nor black version of the Southern Cross design is my personal favourite.
To me, New Zealand’s new flag should be just that. New. Not half-old, half-new. Like Canada, we should have the confidence to make a bold, fresh statement of our independent spirit.
A flag that retains the British blue and the Southern Cross is like a Declaration of Semi-Dependence. We wouldn’t sign one – why fly one?
Anyway, tell me what you think.
In coming posts, I’ll show how the fern has evolved over the last 126 years, using samples from my ballooning file of over 100 published designs.
(Most of these are ghastly, by the way – I like about three!)
I want to show you two more refinements of my original six flags – including the design I believe should be our new flag.