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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?

Greg McGee, Playwright and Screenwriter
I'm a writer and a patriot, and both those elements in me wince whenever I see the current flag raised on our behalf - the writer because I'm very aware of the power of symbols, and the patriot because the current symbol of our nationhood is such a confused mess that it has no power. It may say something partial about where we've been, but says nothing about who we are now, and what we aspire to become. I broached the subject with my 83 year old father. He said he'd marched to war under the old flag and didn't want it changed. I asked him what he was wearing on the shoulder of his uniform in North Africa and Italy. The silver fern, he said. I didn't force the issue by asking him which of those symbols made him feel like a NZer, as opposed to a part of the British war effort. I didn't need to. I see what you mean, he said. So, more power to your campaign.

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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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