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A second flag for New Zealand

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Representing
New Zeland
Proposed
18 March 1983
Proposer
Friedensreich Hundertwasser
Proposal
A second flag for New Zealand — Original file
Source
Proposal for a second flag for New Zealand — Original page
Publication
Yes! Whangarei! — Original site

Description

PROPOSAL FOR A SECOND FLAG FOR NEW ZEALAND WHICH REPRESENTS AN UNMISTAKABLE IDENTITY THAT COMBINES NEW ZEALAND’S AGE OLD HERITAGE OF NATURE AND THE HERITAGE OF MAORI HISTORY WITH THE GROWING FUTURE OF A NEW NATION.

THE FLAG SYMBOLIZES OLD AND NEW, HISTORY AND PROGRESS AT THE SAME TIME. THIS FLAG SYMBOLIZES PEACE , BUT NOT WEAKNESS, BUT THE STRENGTH OF CREATION MOVING FORWARD IN A COURAGEOUS ENGAGEMENT.

AT A MOMENT IN HUMAN HISTORY WITH INCREASING ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERN NEW ZEALAND GIVES AN EXAMPLE TO THE WORLD BECAUSE THIS FLAG REPRESENTS PEACE WITH NATURE, HUMAN DEVELOPMENT IN HARMONY WITH NATURE. IT IS THE SIGN OF UNDERSTANDING WITH THIS EVERLASTING POWERFUL ALLY. THIS FLAG IS A SYMBOL OF A NEW AGE, A BIG STEP TOWARDS MANKIND’S RESPONSIBLE EVOLUTION.

THE FERN GREEN SPIRAL ON WHITE OR SILVER GROUND STARTS AT THE BLACK FLAGSTAFF LEAD TAKING UP THE WHOLE WIDTH OF THE FLAG FIRST DECREASING GRADUALLY, DIVIDING THE FLAG INTO DIAGONAL HALVES, THEN CURLING UP INTO A SPIRAL AT THE OTHER END OF THE FLAG.

THE SPIRAL UNFURLING IN A RECTANGULAR FLAG IS THE IMAGE OF UNION OF NATURE AND TECHNOLOGY, OF ROUND AND SQUARE.

IT SEEMS AS IF THE FLAG CONTAINS ANOTHER FLAG ADVANCING, STREAMING, UNROLLING AND OPENING UP IN A STRANGE AND MYSTERIOUS WIND, A FLAG WHICH IS TRANSFORMED INTO ANOTHER DIMENSION.

IT IS AN IMAGE OF HOW MATTER CONCENTRATES AND TURNS INTO LIFE. QUANTITY IS TRANSFORMED INTO ENERGY. IT IS A SYMBOL OF THE NEVER ENDING CYCLE, A SYMBOL FOR EVER RENEWING LIFE.

THE GREEN IS CAREFULLY COMPOSED OF THE SPECIAL EARTHY DEEP, LUSH AND FERTILE GREENS OF THE NEW ZEALAND BUSH AND FARMLANDS, NOT OCCURRING ANYWHERE ELSE. THIS GREEN IS THE WEALTH OF NEW ZEALAND.

THE MAORI SPIRAL AND THE SPROUTING FERN SYMBOL COMBINED, THE KORU ALREADY REPRESENT NEW ZEALAND IN MANY FIELDS LIKE FOR INSTANCE THE AIR NEW ZEALAND SIGN.

THE FLAG IS UNIQUE AND CANNOT BE MISTAKEN FOR ANY OTHER FLAG, AS IS THE CASE WITH THE PRESENT FLAGS OF NEW ZEALAND AND AUSTRALIA, AND THE FLAGS OF MANY OTHER NATIONS. A RECENT EXAMPLE OF HOW A SYMBOL WAS ACCEPTED TO REPRESENT A COUNTRY WITH AN IDENTITY QUEST SIMILAR TO THAT OF NEW ZEALAND IS THE MAPLE LEAF IN THE FLAG OF CANADA IN AUSTRALIA TOO EFFORTS ARE UNDERTAKEN TO FIND A NEW FLAG. LET NEW ZEALAND BE FIRST.

MAY NEW ZEALAND BE PART OF THE NATIONS WITH A BEAUTIFUL AND MEANINGFUL AND UNIQUE FLAG.

IT IS AN INTELLIGENT FLAG FULL OF JOY, IT IS INDIGENOUS, IT CONTAINS A MESSAGE, IT HAS A PURPOSE, IT IS DIFFERENT. IT HOLDS THE MYSTERY OF THIS REMOTE LAND. IT IS A FLAG TO LOVE BECAUSE IT IS SPECIAL, A FLAG TO IDENTIFY WITH.

LIKE A FERN SPROUTING LIKE A WAVE OF NATURE LIKE A FLAG UNFOLDING

IT IS A PROUD SYMBOL OF THIS NATION REPRESENTING MAORI HISTORY REPRESENTING THE GREEN LAND AND THE LONG WHITE CLOUD, A TRUE MESSENGER OF NEW ZEALAND TO THE WORLD, INDEPENDENT, STRONG, INVINCIBLE FULL OF LIFE AND ENERGY UNMISTAKABLY NEW ZEALAND A FLAG OF FUTURE AND AGE OLD IDENTITY

THIS SECOND FLAG FOR NEW ZEALAND IS IN NO WAY DESIGNED TO DETRACT FROM THE UNION JACK, THE SOUTHERN CROSS, THE BRITISH MONARCHY, THE COMMONWEALTH, THE BRITISH HERITAGE AND NEW ZEALAND TRADITIONS. THE FERN FLAG WILL FLY HAPPILY TOGETHER WITH THE OFFICIAL BLUE ENSIGN. IT SIGNALS THAT NEW ZEALAND HAS COME OF AGE AND QUALIFIES AS AN EQUAL AMONG THE NATIONS OF THIS EARTH. THE KORU ENSIGN SYMBOLIZES THE LOVE OF NEW ZEALANDERS FOR THEIR COUNTRY.

HUNDERTWASSER BAY OF ISLANDS, THE 18th OF MARCH 1983

Notes

Images of the staff often include a dark block at the hoist. This description mentions it as the "black flagstaff lead": Not a part of the flag proper. This design is now known as the Koru flag.