In my poll of six Ansell-Wang fern flags, the white fern on blue surrounded by red stars continues to outpoint the fern on black by 28% to 24%.
Here’s a version with the stars separate from the fern, based on a recent design by Kenneth Wang, but wider.
Are we getting closer?
I clearly made a mistake in pushing my black and silver design, which has failed to catch on. As a result, we didn’t raise enough money for an Auckland Harbour Bridge flyover on Waitangi Day.
This was always a possibility, as it scored only 6% in the same poll, but I thought people might agree that it looked better when animated.
Not many did. Lesson learned!
Here’s a more single-minded design without the stars, but relieved by a white panel.
In an email to the NZ Herald, I justify it as follows:
Royal blue for the sea and our British heritage, white for the mountains and the long white cloud.
Plus the uniquely New Zealand silver fern, the ponga, chosen by the captain of the Natives rugby team of 1888 because it brought to his mind the Maori proverb “Mate atu he toa ara mai he toa. Mate atu he tetakura ara mai he tetakura.”
(“When one warrior dies, another arises. When one fern dies, another arises.”)
A blend of land, sea and air, native and colonial, Maori and Pakeha.
Blogger and artist Lindsay Mitchell says one white panel works better than the Canadian-style panel either side of the leaf, and I agree.
I wasn’t sure why, but she says it’s because the Canadian maple leaf is symmetrical, so suits a central position, while the fern is leaning and doesn’t.
If we want to be totally single-minded, here’s the equivalent of the classic black in royal blue.
Meanwhile, Kenneth’s and my fern is getting royally beaten up by Kyle Lockwood in my latest poll. But we’re outscoring the All Blacks’ steak knives logo, which is just as well.
(Don’t tell my old schoolmate Steve Tew or there could be some serious block-voting from a certain office building on the wharf – not to mention five franchises, twentysomething unions and countless clubs. Mum’s the word.)
For some reason, the nzflag.com fern has completely failed to fire in the poll, which I find strange as I like its dynamism.
Perhaps people are saying that it works as a flag campaign logo, but not as a flag.
Anyway, I’m pleased to see the softer, classical ferns prevailing over the sharp, angular versions.
Feedback welcome as always. Are we getting closer with the blue?