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Shortlisted Flag Alternatives Announced by Professor Burrows

Published: Tue 1 Sep 2015 12:14 PM
Shortlisted Flag Alternatives Announced by Professor Burrows
Story by Robert Kelly. Images Francis Cook
At 10AM on Tuesday morning the Flag Consideration Project announced the four shortlisted flags for the referendum that will take place during November and December this year.


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Bill English Introduces Prof. Burrows


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Professor Burrows Introduces the Flags
The Minister in charge, Bill English acknowledged the chair, members of the Flag Consideration Panel, and the designers for their dedication and commitment. Bill English said that the flag debate had attracted a lot of interest “in the world of social media” and that this was a sign of changing engagement in “the new New Zealand”.
English commented that although there had been significant interest from schools in the flag selection process, the voting age would remain eighteen rather than 10. English then introduced the chairperson of the Flag Consideration Panel Professor John Burrows who introduced the four chosen designs.


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Professor Burrows stressed the impartial nature of the panel and noted the online and face to face nature of their information gathering. Burrows said that whatever flag was chosen, it needed to be unique to New Zealand and inclusive.
The first flag announced was ‘Silver Fern (Black and White)’ designed by Aucklander Alofi Kanter. Wellingtonian Kyle Lockwood had two designs selected by the panel. ‘Silver Fern (Red, White and Blue)’ and and ‘Silver Fern (Black White and Blue)’. The fourth design chosen was Andrew Fyfe’s ‘Koru’


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Isabel and Kaysha from Ngaio School were junior reporters at the event
The two Lockwood designs selected possess the same form but have different colour options. Professor Burrows said that they included the Lockwood design “in two colour combinations because they say different things to different people.


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Burrows thanked the panel and the designers of the over ten thousand flags submitted.
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Robert Kelly
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Robert is a publisher for Scoop News and reports on things when time allows. He holds a Master's degree in New Zealand Studies from Victoria University and is interested in the role of cultural products in historical moments. He has written for Salient and The Wireless on topics ranging from the visual arts to the role of memory in the imagining of national identity. He still can't work out why there aren't ski lifts to Brooklyn.
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