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Flag Consideration Project

In 2014 then Prime Minister John Key announced a two-stage referendum process to determine whether New Zealanders wanted a new national flag. Those who voted in the first referendum in November 2015 selected a black, white and blue design featuring a silver fern and the stars of the Southern Cross from among five shortlisted options for a new flag.

In March 2016, voters were asked to choose between the current flag and the Silver Fern (Black, White and Blue) flag which was selected in a referendum held in 2015. Final results released by the Electoral Commission on 30 March 2016, show 1,208,702 voted to keep the current flag, while 921,876 voted for the Kyle Lockwood-designed, alternative flag.

For more details about the flag referenda process, visit the Ministry's NZHistory website.

Media releases

Inclusive process sees voters choose current NZ flag (31 March 2016)

Official result of the second referendum on the New Zealand Flag (30 March 2016)

New Zealanders have chosen their flag (24 March 2016)

Do you know your flag facts? Referendum starts today (03 March 2016)

All New Zealanders should have a say on future flag (02 March 2016)

It’s time to decide. Final flag referendum starts in 1 week (25 February 2016)

Are you ready to vote in the final Flag referendum? (09 February 2016)

Kiwis urged to consider flag options from all perspectives (22 January 2016)

Flag choices to fly on Auckland Harbour Bridge (20 January 2016)

Official Result of the First Referendum on the NZ Flag (15 December 2015)

New Zealand given historic opportunity to choose a flag (15 December 2015)

Kiwis show strong interest in future flag (11 December 2015)

Voting opens to choose the future of NZ’s flag (20 November 2015)

Referendum flag sets available for communities to fly (09 October 2015)

New Zealanders have final say on national flag (24 September 2015)

NZ names four alternative flags for referendum ranking (01 September 2015)

New Zealanders have final say on national flag (13 August 2015)

Long list of 40 potential flag designs announced (10 August 2015)

Over 9,100 flags, and still counting (17 July 2015)

Final deadline for flag designs is 16 July 11.59pm (03 July 2015)

Flag Consideration Panel answers the six top questions (06 June 2015)

Flag process is structured correctly, English says (07 May 2015)

Kiwis urged to have their say on flag (05 May 2015)

Flag Referendums Bill passes first reading (12 March 2015)

New Zealand Flag Referendums Bill

Flag Consideration Panel members announced (26 February 2015)

Prime Minister's Waitangi Day 2015 breakfast speech (06 February 2015)

First steps taken towards flag referendum (29 October 2014)

PM plans public vote next term on NZ’s flag (11 March 2014)

Considering a new flag (11 March 2014)

Updated on 30th November 2017