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new zealand's flag

New Zealand's flag comprises of a plain, blue background. The cross in the top-left corner is a Union Jack. This is here because New Zealand used to be a colony of Great Britain.
The four stars on the right form the four stars of the Southern Cross, a constellation in the skies of the Southern Hemisphere.
The current flag first came into use around 1900, and was made the official flag of the country in 1902, replacing the Union Jack.

changing the flag

There has been a huge push to change the flag, as New Zealand are no longer as associated with Britain as they once were.
Several designs have been put forward, the main one being a white or silver fern on a black background. The silver fern has been a symbol of New Zealand for many years, and features on most national sports uniforms, including the All Blacks rugby team.
This would reflect the changing of the Canadian flag in 1965 to the current design.

The New Zealand Maori are pushing to have their flag replace the original as the national flag. The three colours; red, black and white, are the traditional colours of the Maori kowhaiwhai or spiral designs.

A frontrunner in the quest for a new New Zealand flag is FLAG NEW ZEALAND. Blue and green represent the sea and land, and the koru shows new life. The Southern Cross still features.
Click here to visit the FLAGNZ site...

national anthem
"God Defend New Zealand"
english version

Hear the Anthem

God of Nations, at thy feet.
In the bonds of love we meet.
Hear our voices, we entreat,
God Defend our free land.

Guard Pacific's triple star,
From the shafts of strife and war.
Make her praises heard afar,
God defend New Zealand.

Men of every creed and race
Gather here before thy face,
Asking thee to bless this place,
God defend our free land.

From dissension, envy, hate,
And corruption guard our state,
Make our country good and great,
God defend New Zealand.

maori version
Hear the Anthem

E Ihowa Atua, (Ihoa)
O ngä iwi mätou rä,
Äta whakarongona;
Me aroha noa.

Kia hua ko te pai;
Kia tau tö atawhai;
Manaakitia mai

Öna mano tängata
Kiri whereo, kiri mä,
Iwi Mäori Päkehä
Rüpeke katoa,

Nei ka tono ko ngä hë
Mäu e whakaahu kë,
Kia ora märire

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