We have had a few emails of late asking whether the designer of the Silver Fern Flag is a New Zealander, as people have been receiving their flag orders from an overseas address.
Rest assured I am most definitely a New Zealander, born, and raised in Wellington, my ancestors have resided in Aotearoa for countless generations - some of my European and Māori ancestors were in NZ prior to the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.
I moved overseas in 2009 for work opportunities.
As a frequent traveller, I am also spokesman for an organisation called 'Bring Back 10-Year NZ Passports' we have successfully campaigned the government for the return of 10-year passports to all New Zealanders over the age of 16. 10-year passports will be reintroduced to New Zealanders on 31 December 2015.
No matter where my travels take me I'll always be a proud Kiwi!