Please do not overlook the colour black, which among with the silver fern has long been recognised as 100% New Zealand. I have travelled extensively and worked many years overseas and we are known as 'kiwis'. There is a lot of negativity in parts of the population but some people cannot see outside the square on the world stage we are very insignificant but two things are always recognised, the all blacks and the world kiwi. Our flag is so similar to the Australian flag, although ours was designed first, it is not recognised. To answer some negativity - Our soldiers fought under this flag in 2 world wars they had no other choice that's all they had. Who needs the Union Jack - Hello Doesn't most of our historical past come from there? Our indigenous people appear to get so much say in this country and they are the minority, by keeping the design reasonably neutral, we cover all aspects. I do apologise for the proportions in the submitted designs but didn't have much in the way of materials to work with. I do hope you give these designs some measure of consideration. Thank you.