Silver Fern design wins referendum to become New Zealand’s new flag

15 December 2015

New Zealand has confirmed that the black, white and blue Silver Fern flag design has won a referendum to become the new flag. 

The flag was designed by architect Kyle Lockwood, and his other design in red and blue came in a close second. The Silver Fern flag was named a preliminary winner on Friday but this final result factors in late and overseas votes. According to New Zealand’s election commission, around 1.5 million votes were cast in the referendum with a vote turn out of 49%.

The controversial Red Peak design which was added to the shortlist at the last minute due to its popularity on social media came in third place. 

A second referendum will be held in March to decide whether New Zealand will adopt the new flag or keep the current one. 

Kyle Lockwood’s second place design

The current New Zealand Flag

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Rebecca Fulleylove

Rebecca became staff writer at It’s Nice That in March 2016 before leaving the company at the end of 2017. Before joining the company full time she worked with us on a freelance basis many times, as well as stints at Macmillan Publishers, D&AD, Dazed and frieze.

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