The Flag Consideration Panel has published an infographic of the two flags, an extract of this graphic, and the infographic text, is below.
This flag is a white fern frond that sweeps up diagonally from the bottom left corner to the right of the top centre. The left side of the fern is sitting on a black background. To the right of the fern there are four stars in the formation of the Southern Cross constellation, sitting on a blue background. Each star is red with a white border, and has five points.
The black has become recognised as a national colour and is associated with our many achievements internationally.
The silver fern has been part of our history and identity for many years and is an internationally recognised symbol of New Zealand. The fronds represent our diverse communities coming together.
The blue represents our clear skies and the Pacific Ocean.
The Southern Cross emphasises our location in the South Pacific Ocean. It connects with the colours in the Union Jack and the current flag.
Throughout this process, thousands of New Zealanders shared their opinions. The most commonly expressed views are summarised below to help voters consider the options and make an informed decision.
It is a uniquely New Zealand flag that will not be confused with Australia. Image: The Australian Flag alongside the Silver Fern Flag.
New Zealand is a proud, independent country. We are no longer a British colony, so we shouldn’t have another country’s flag on our flag.
All New Zealanders having a say in this decision honours the rights and freedoms that have been fought for.
New Zealand has changed significantly, we are far more aware of our bicultural origins and have become a multicultural society.
We’ll remain part of the Commonwealth. Of 53 Commonwealth countries, only four still have the Union Jack as part of their flag. Image: The Canadian Flag.
The full graphic, and other information on the upcoming flag referendum can be downloaded here