The 7 most popular New Zealand flag proposals

Flag proposals

Note: This post lists the flag designs that are most popular with the general public. For my own judgement on the best proposals, see this post.

When I was thinking of designs for the New Zealand flag competition, I was curious about the preferences of the wider public. No doubt others are too. Unfortunately, polls had a limited selection of designs to begin with, and while the government gallery had social media sharing and suggestions for every submitted flag, there was no way to sort the gallery to show the most popular.

So I made a quick Java script to scrape all entries in the website and identify the most popular flags. This is measured in number of times each design was independently suggested. Ten was the minimum number to get on this list.

Keep in mind that popularity does not equal quality, nor is it a final indicator of public preferences. It is affected by many factors like age, status and prior exposure of the design. This list is simply for interest of the data itself.

Flags are listed in ascending order of popularity. Each one lists the three main points of the respondents.

7. Silver Fern Flag – Kyle Lockwood’s ‘New Zealand Colours’

Silver Fern Flag – Kyle Lockwood’s 'New Zealand Colours' Designed by: Kyle Lockwood

Silver Fern Flag – Kyle Lockwood’s ‘New Zealand Colours’. Designed by: Kyle Lockwood.

Suggestions: 13

  • Similar to current flag
  • Black and white are national colours. Silver fern is national symbol. These are already recognised worldwide and have historical significance.
  • Māori represented by black

6. Heritage Minimalist

Heritage Minimalist. Independently designed by many.

Heritage Minimalist. Independently designed by many.

Suggestions: 14

  • Simple
  • Similar to current flag
  • Inoffensive

5. Alternative New Zealand Flag Design

Alternative New Zealand Flag Design. Designed by: Kyle Lockwood.

Alternative New Zealand Flag Design. Designed by: Kyle Lockwood.

Suggestions: 17

  • Similar to current flag
  • Red, white and blue recalls British colours.
  • Silver fern is national symbol. This is already recognised worldwide and has historical significance.

4. Koru Flag

Koru Flag. Designed by: Hundertwasser.

Koru Flag. Designed by: Hundertwasser.

Suggestions: 19

  • Environmental symbolism
  • Māori represented by black
  • Simple

3. Haki Pango

Haki Pango. Designed by: Sam Hey.

Haki Pango. Designed by: Sam Hey.

Suggestions: 20

  • Retains link to the United Kingdom*
  • Not a radical change
  • Black relates to national colours and Māori

*The fact that St. Andrew’s Cross is no longer present is apparently not an issue. I guess we’re substituting for Cornish representation? xD

2. Silver Fern Flag – Kyle Lockwood’s Original

Silver Fern Flag – Kyle Lockwood’s Original. Designed by: Kyle Lockwood.

Silver Fern Flag – Kyle Lockwood’s Original. Designed by: Kyle Lockwood.

Suggestions: 22

Same as #5, but with a chunkier silver fern.

1. United Tribes

United Tribes. Designed by: Henry Williams.

United Tribes. Designed by: Henry Williams.

Suggestions: 28

  • Has historical value
  • Represents independence
  • Agreed on by both British and Māori*

*Well, only the Māori in the Northland, but that’s a discussion for another time.

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