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New Zealand Flag (Miscellaneous)

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The flag of New Zealand is a defaced Blue Ensign with the Union Jack in the canton, and four red stars with white borders to the right. The stars represent the constellation of Crux, the Southern Cross, as seen from New Zealand.

New Zealand's first flag, the flag of the United Tribes of New Zealand, was adopted before New Zealand became a British colony. Chosen by an assembly of Māori chiefs in 1834 (185 years ago), the flag was of a St. George's Cross with another cross in the canton containing four stars on a blue field. After the formation of the colony in 1841 (178 years ago), British ensigns began to be used. The current flag was designed and adopted for restricted use in 1869 (150 years ago) and became the national flag in 1902 (117 years ago). It is the British Blue Ensign, with a highly stylized representation of the Southern Cross constellation. It depicts only four of the five stars in the constellation. Each star varies slightly in size. The Union Jack in the canton recalls New Zealand's colonial ties to Britain.

The flag proportion is 1:2 and the colours are red (Pantone 186C), blue (Pantone 280C) and white. Proportion and colours are identical to the Union Jack.


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