I propose 3 designs, with 2 extra variations of each, emphasizing the red and black of the Tino Rangatiratanga flag.
This the third design has the four stars of the Southern Cross on the blue field, but with one star in each corner of the flag, with the black and white Silver Fern in the middle.
Designing a New Zealand flag is all about national identity.
First is New Zealanders' emotional response to, and pride in symbols that have meaning to us. Note the symbolism of the 100th ANZAC Day commemorations.
Second is about defining a nation, New Zealand, as unique in the world to all other nations, with a distinctive flag.
I incorporate the red and white 5-pointed stars of the Southern Cross, the most important feature of our current flag to New Zealanders at home or overseas. These stars are saluted by our Defence Forces, and drape the coffins of returned service personnel.
The blue field shows us as an island nation in the Pacific.
Alternatively, the Silver Fern has been our representation to the rest of the world for over a century - in military campaigns, on trade goods, and in sporting events.