Bay lags in flag designs

It could be said Bay of Plenty residents either think New Zealand’s current flag is spot on or don’t take too kindly to its $25million discussion – contributing just 181 designs, or three per cent, to the country’s flag referendum.

The Flag Consideration Panel released this week some of the statistics behind more than 5800 design suggestions received so far – with less than a week until submissions close.

Flag Consideration Panel chair Professor John Burrows reiterates the principles the panel will be considering when reviewing the suggestions.

“We’ll be looking for flag designs that first and foremost reflect New Zealand’s identity, as shared with us in the values and themes that New Zealanders have expressed so far throughout this process.”

The panel have published values and themes each week on www.standfor.co.nzthroughout the process to guide people considering designing a flag.

John says these have remained relatively consistent, and included history and heritage, freedom, equality, being a kiwi, independent, culture, environment, tradition, unity and being a Pacific nation.

“When reviewing flag designs we will also be looking at elements of flag design - that flag designs are timeless, can work in a variety of contexts and are simple, uncluttered and have good contrast.

“Colour is important as fewer colours help keep the design simple and bold. Balance is important in good design, as is style and size of any symbol. Stylised objects work best and the design needs to be capable of being rendered in a variety of sizes without distortion.”

The Panel provided a breakdown of designs by region, colour, symbols and themes. John notes that when reviewed against the percentage of New Zealand population, the greatest number of designs had been received from those in Hawke’s Bay.

“The average percentage of designs per capita within New Zealand is zero point one per cent, with Hawkes Bay leading at 1.01 per cent. Others include Northland, 0.35 per cent, Nelson, 0.24 per cent, Wellington, 0.17 per cent and Auckland, 0.12 per cent.

Predominant colours are, in this order, white, blue and red. Symbols and themes include the Southern Cross, koru, fern and Maori culture.

In terms of total flag designs suggested the Bay of Plenty has contributed 181, or three per cent, behind Auckland’s 1638, 28 per cent, the 1604 international designs, 27 per cent, and Wellington’s 820, 14 per cent.

John says this is a unique opportunity in our lifetimes and encourages everyone to suggest their flag designs before July 16. From there, the panel will start the next steps in its rigorous process to determine the four alternative flag designs.

It will announce a preliminary long list of about 50-75 flag designs by mid-August and the final four alternatives by mid-September.

The flag design guidelines are available on www.flag.govt.nz. Breakdowns of flag designs by colour, symbol and theme included with this release are attached and available on www.flag.govt.nz

The Flag Consideration Panel was appointed in February 2015 following nominations by a cross Party group of MPs.

The Panel is independent of government and has been provided with a set budget within which it is required to conduct a public engagement campaign that will culminate in the recommendation of four alternative flag designs to the responsible Minister, Bill English.




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8 Comments

What a waste

Posted on 11-07-2015 20:27 | By The Caveman

of MONEY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

some

Posted on 11-07-2015 19:21 | By Capt_Kaveman

designs im not to impressed with but the union jack has to go

madagascar penguin

Posted on 11-07-2015 18:50 | By YOGI BEAR

Seems you are on a mission on this one, agree, then look at the misfits that they selected. This is about as independent as the Constitution committee and the Waitangi Tribunal, they are all leaning one way and heaps so.

What I want to know

Posted on 11-07-2015 17:21 | By s83cruiser

is who is going to pay for the hundreds of NZ firm that have the current flag in their advertising or stickers on their products to re brand with a new flag if it goes through. John Keys is just wanting to leave his own legacy on the country nothing more nothing less and he is using OUR tax dollars for HIS flag idea. God knows the country has waste multi millions of dollars on cycle ways no less all under the National Government. Is that not legacy enough JK do you really need the flag to top off your stupid ideas list. He is so hell bent on leaving his mark he has ignored the downstream cost to the countries industries and exporters. Arrogant and an up you attitude to all from the man.

Independent???

Posted on 11-07-2015 13:17 | By penguin

Contemplate the following from the Panel Chair_1) "The Panel is independent of government..." 2)"The Flag Consideration Panel was appointed in February 2015 following nominations by a cross Party group of MPs." 3)"... provided with a set budget..." (from government) 4)...

jmac

Posted on 11-07-2015 12:42 | By JohnMac

Just take the logo off the Air New Zealand tail (koro) and save the money for something else. Im sure Air New Zealand would like the free publicity they would be getting

Legacy, yeah right!

Posted on 11-07-2015 12:39 | By penguin

The whole flag issue is nothing more or less than a personal attempt by a conceited Key to leave his mark on the nation. He has stated as much with his comment around the flag being the catalyst to engender pride in our nation. What an arrogant point of view and one that denies the fact that most Kiwis already have pride in our country flag or not! Spending millions on the exercise is obscene when there are so many other real issues in NZ that the money could assist with. Key obviously knows that the people would not fully support his idea since he did not even ask the nation whether or not the flag should be changed. But, of course, we have come to expect this arrogant approach to anything by this government so the flag scenario should come as no surprise!

Flag

Posted on 11-07-2015 09:41 | By mlangdon

WE DONT NEED A NEW FLAG AND WE CERTAINLY SHOULD NOT BE SPENDING MILLIONS ON NEW DESIGNS WHEN WE HAVEN’T EVEN BEEN ASKED IF WE WANT A NEW FLAG. JOHN KEY SHOULD BE ASHAMED FOR HIS ONGOING FOCUS ON THIS, THERE ARE MORE IMPORTANT THINGS TO SPEND OUR MONEY ON.

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