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The New Zealand public has spoken

Thursday, 24 March 2016, 10:11 pm | NZ Flag Institute

Our flag has been recognised as our national symbol ever since it was first adopted in 1869. More >>

New Zealand’s Flag Since 1869

Wednesday, 16 March 2016, 11:35 am | NZ Flag Institute

New Zealand’s Flag Since 1869 The New Zealand Gazette of 23 October 1869 published a proclamation by Governor Bowen authorizing the use, by Government ships, of the Blue Ensign with " four five-pointed red stars in the fly ” (the Southern ... More >>

Was Referendum Process undermined by inaccurate information?

Monday, 14 March 2016, 8:15 am | NZ Flag Institute

The New Zealand flag was adopted in 1869. The flag was formally authorised by Governor Bowen, by Gazette of 23 October 1869, for use by Government ships. From 1869 the flag was increasingly flown on shore and by the public. It was accepted as the national ... More >>

Would a Flag Change be a breach of the Treaty of Waitangi?

Friday, 11 March 2016, 9:48 am | NZ Flag Institute

What do iwi think about the proposed removal of the Union Flag - which is a symbol of the link to the Crown - from the national flag? Could that be a breach of the Treaty of Waitangi? There has been no consultation with Maori. More >>

Flawed Referendum Process on changing New Zealand’s Flag

Friday, 4 March 2016, 2:58 pm | NZ Flag Institute

The flag referendum process adopted by the John Key Government is fundamentally flawed, and has several unusual features. More >>

John Key’s Referendum Destined to Fail

Friday, 19 February 2016, 10:25 am | NZ Flag Institute

In 2003 Helen Clark and Margaret Wilson forced through the abolition of appeals to the Privy Council. This was despite opposition from a majority of New Zealanders. Calls for a referendum fell on deaf ears. The government got its way by steadfastly ... More >>

Flag Flying Days in April

Monday, 31 March 2014, 10:37 am | NZ Flag Institute

There are special occasions on which it is expected that every flagpole in New Zealand will fly our national flag. In April the days on which the New Zealand flag should be flown include the 21st (the actual birthday of Her Majesty the Queen), the 23rd ... More >>

We should be proud of our flag

Thursday, 13 March 2014, 9:43 am | NZ Flag Institute

Most people worldwide are proud of their national flag. That pride has nothing to do with the design or uniqueness of the flag. Pride comes from its being the symbol that represents the nation. The New Zealand flag has represented us for 145 years ... More >>

Key wrong to want to replace national flag with a black flag

Friday, 31 January 2014, 12:25 pm | NZ Flag Institute

New Zealand’s flag is 145 years old this year. This makes it the fifteenth oldest national flag in the world. That long history reflects the enviable political stability of this country. More >>

New Zealand Flag Day 2006

Wednesday, 11 October 2006, 12:15 am | NZ Flag Institute

The New Zealand Flag Institute calls upon all New Zealanders to show their pride in their country by flying our National Flag on this day. More >>

Referendum on abolishing our national flag fails

Friday, 29 July 2005, 5:13 pm | NZ Flag Institute

Mr Morrison, a multi-millionaire, had funded a public relations campaign to obtain signatures on a petition calling for a referendum. The petition has failed to achieve more than 100,000 signatures, scarcely one-third of the three hundred thousand required ... More >>

Call to Fly National Flag on St Patrick’s Day

Monday, 14 March 2005, 9:48 am | NZ Flag Institute

Thursday 17 March is St Patrick’s Day. This has become one of the major cultural festivals marked in this country. It is also an official flag flying day. More >>

Double Reason to fly the New Zealand Flag

Friday, 4 February 2005, 3:03 pm | NZ Flag Institute

Sunday 6 February is Waitangi Day. It is also the anniversary of the accession to the throne of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Both events are special occasions on which it is particularly appropriate to fly our national flag. More >>

New Zealand Flag worthy of respect

Thursday, 27 January 2005, 1:15 pm | NZ Flag Institute

For most countries the national flag is but one of a number of national symbols. Every country has a national flag. Most also have one or more state, naval, merchant or official flag. In addition to flags, government or dynastic coats of arms are ... More >>

New Zealand Flag to be flown at half-mast

Thursday, 4 November 2004, 5:37 pm | NZ Flag Institute

The Queen’s aunt, Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, has died. She died peacefully in her sleep on Friday 29th October, at Kensington Palace, London. Princess Alice was just two months short of her 103rd birthday. More >>

NZ Flag Day to be marked more widely in 2005

Tuesday, 2 November 2004, 10:54 am | NZ Flag Institute

The New Zealand Flag is now into its 136th year. The anniversary of the flag on 23 October was marked for the first time this year during a number of special functions. More >>

Anniversary of the New Zealand Flag this Saturday

Thursday, 21 October 2004, 10:08 am | NZ Flag Institute

This coming Saturday 23rd October sees the 135th anniversary of the New Zealand Flag. On that day in 1869 Governor Sir George Bowen proclaimed what is now the New Zealand Flag as the official ensign for use on Government vessels. It's nautical origins ... More >>

135th Anniversary of the New Zealand Flag

Friday, 24 September 2004, 9:14 am | NZ Flag Institute

On that day in 1869 Governor Sir George Bowen issued a proclamation establishing an ensign for use on vessels belonging to the Government of New Zealand. The Blue Ensign, with the Southern Cross represented by four red stars, was soon used on land ... More >>