Until I saw your design, I wasn't enthused about changing the flag, fearing that the sports-mad would prevail and push the black flag onto us. It's OK as a sports brand but we are not a colourless, black-and-white nation. To me, a black flag is associated mainly with piracy and a brand of fly spray - hardly inspirers of national pride.
Your red and blue silver fern flag, on the other hand, has the best of everything. Its retention of the white-rimmed red stars of the Southern Cross on a deep blue ground makes it instantly recognisable as the New Zealand flag. The fern leaf is a striking image, perhaps even more memorable than the maple leaf on the Canadian flag. The red completes a vibrant emblem. It also draws in one of the main colours of the Tino Rangatiratanga flag, thus acknowledging the importance of Tangata Whenua. James Busby considered that one proposed designs for the 1834 United Tribes of New Zealand was unsuitable as it contained no red, 'a colour to which the New Zealanders are particularly partial, and which they are accustomed to consider as indicative of rank.'
As an enthusiastic supporter, I'd like it to get maximum exposure. I think the more that people see it flying in its entirety, the more they'll like it.
While I was typing this, another email of support came in.
Thank you for coming up with a superb design.
All the best.
Brian sent us a photo of his flag, and for Aucklanders he says his flag can also be viewed at:
Brian says, “It’s on the left heading toward Tamaki Drive”
Order your new silver fern flag today at: www.silverfernflag.org/store