The New Zealand Governmentnew ensures that the redesigned flag will pull away from its Union Jack origins

New Zealand‘s citizens have a chance to vote on designs for a new national flag. The national government requested submissions and received 10,2929 designs. Through mid-September, voting is under way on 40 semi-finalist designs. The four that receive the most votes will move on to the final decision-making round.

The New Zealand national government released information about the parameters that led to selecting the 40 designs citizens will vote on, as well as the reasons for the changed flag. The country's original flag derived from Great Britain's Union Jack—the red, white and blue cross-with-a-cross design that also inspired the U.S. flag's colors. Changing to a uniquely New Zealander design is an attempt to separate the nation from its colonial origins and become more clearly an independent entity.

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