New Zealand's 4 final flag designs revealed

Music 01/09/2015
The wait is over: the final four alternative flag designs have been revealed.
 
Whittled down from a long list of 40, the Flag Consideration Panel has unveiled the four flag designs New Zealanders will get to rank in a referendum later this year.
 
 
FLAG 1:
 
Black & White Fern (long list) Designed by: Alofi Kanter from Auckland Suggested by: Alofi Kanter from Auckland This design needs no introduction. It announces, emphatically, and unequivocally, Aotearoa New Zealand! It is simple. The fern with our national colours. Credit for the fern goes to The New Zealand Way Limited.
 
 
 
FLAG 2:
 
Silver Fern (Red,White & Blue) (long list) Designed by: Kyle Lockwood from Wellington Suggested by: silverfernflag.org from Wellington The silver fern: A New Zealand icon for over 160 years, worn proudly by many generations. The fern is an element of indigenous flora representing the growth of our nation. The multiple points of the fern leaf represent Aotearoa's peaceful multicultural society, a single fern spreading upwards represents that we are all one people growing onward into the future. The red represents our heritage and sacrifices made. Blue represents our clear atmosphere and the Pacific Ocean, over which all New Zealanders, or their ancestors, crossed to get here. The Southern Cross represents our geographic location in the antipodes. It has been used as a navigational aid for centuries and it helped guide early settlers to our islands.
 
 
   
FLAG 3:
 
Koru (Black) (long list) Designed by: Andrew Fyfe from Wellington As our flag unfurls, so too does its koru. The koru represents the fern frond, but is also reminiscent of a wave, a cloud, and a ram’s horn. In Māori kowhaiwhai patterns the the koru represent new life, growth, strength and peace, and for this reason has taken a special place in Aotearoa’s visual language.
 
 
 
FLAG 4:
 
Silver Fern (Black,White & Blue) (long list) Designed by: Kyle Lockwood from Wellington Suggested by: silverfernflag.org from Wellington The silver fern: A New Zealand icon for over 160 years, worn proudly by many generations. The fern is an element of indigenous flora representing the growth of our nation. The multiple points of the fern leaf represent Aotearoa's peaceful multicultural society, a single fern spreading upwards represents that we are all one people growing onward into the future. The bright blue represents our clear atmosphere and the Pacific Ocean, over which all New Zealanders, or their ancestors, crossed to get here. The Southern Cross represents our geographic location in the antipodes. It has been used as a navigational aid for centuries and it helped guide early settlers to our islands.