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This is the site of the NZFlag.com Trust - a Trust established to promote debate about New Zealand's national identity and, in particular, about New Zealand's flag. We believe that the time has come for New Zealanders to choose a flag which represents New Zealanders as we see ourselves today - to respect and reflect our history as a nation, to represent us to others as we would we would like them to see us and, importantly, to carry us forward with our hopes and aspirations for New Zealand's future.

Why Change?

Tom Scott, Cartoonist, Author, Playwright
Sorry to be pedantic, but we don't need a new flag. You can't have a new flag until you've had an old one and we've never had one. On ceremonial occasions we borrow the Union Jack and it's never fitted us properly. You can see that because they added some extra bits of blue and sewed on some stars to make it go further. Nice try, but there is no disguising the fact that it is someone else's hand me down.

However, it is clear that it's time New Zealand finally had a flag. A flag that says something about us and where we belong in the world would be nice.

I should also point out that I'm a wee bit suspicious about flag waving. Having said that, and I might be wrong on this, I don't think any army anywhere, anytime, has marched to war under the banner of a fern frond!

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This site is intended to stimulate debate about the New Zealand Flag. We want all New Zealanders to ask whether the current flag represents our country as we see ourselves today? Can we improve it? Does it portray the image we want to give of New Zealand internationally? Most importantly, does it inspire us?

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