A January poll of over 2000 people asks "Which flag best represents NZ?"
57% answered the Silver Fern.
Our new flag should unmistakably be from New Zealand and celebrate us as a progressive, inclusive nation that is connected to its environment, and has a sense of its past and a vision for its future.
The silver fern, a New Zealand icon for over 160 years, worn proudly by many generations. The fern is an element of indigenous flora representing the growth of our nation. The multiple points of the fern leaf represent Aotearoa’s peaceful multicultural society, a single fern spreading upwards represents that we are all one people growing onward into the future.
The colour black represents the pride and strength of New Zealand, The bright blue represents our clear atmosphere and the Pacific Ocean, over which all New Zealanders, or their ancestors, crossed to get here, white represents peace, and Aotearoa – land of the long white cloud. The red Southern Cross represents our Māori and Pākehā heritage, and our geographic location in the antipodes. It has been used as a navigational aid for centuries and it helped guide early settlers to our islands.