New Zealand reveals design for new flag

Wellington: New Zealanders chose a new flag design yesterday but the question now is whether enough people will rally behind it to oust the current flag. Final results from a postal ballot were announced.

New Zealand flag
Winning design features a silver fern and red stars on a black and blue background. Pic/AFP

The winning design features a silver fern and red stars on a black and blue background. The new design will now go head-to-head against the current flag in a national vote in March.

The winning design has similarities to the current flag, but ditches the British Union Jack in favor of the fern, which has become a national symbol and is worn by many sports teams, including the beloved All Blacks rugby team. 

10,000
No. of designs submitted by the New Zealanders

Rs 120cr
The amount spent on the flag change project

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