Okay, so you knew I was never not going to have an opinion about this (& please excuse my quickie thumbnail sketch).
Anyway, basically I loathe the idea of waving around a football jersey as a statement for who we are as a nation. On top of which, I did a review of different flag suggestions, some time ago, and what I noticed was that none of them had a narrative, all they were about was pulling various iconic images and flag motifs together, not about creating a new image to tell the story of our country. So this was my attempt.
Thinking about what makes NZ Aotearoa different from everywhere else, I can’t help thinking of Anchor Me by Don McGlashen (sorry, I know he was pissed about TVNZ using it, but if he would write a song so obviously about here…), particularly: “in the middle of your deep blue sea” because that is us: an island nation, a long way from anywhere else, surrounded by ocean. Aotearoa, of course, is the Land of the Long White Cloud, the cloud on the horizon denoting distant land in the Pacific Ocean. That being so, would not a flag encompassing the idea of the cloud/land in the middle of the blue ocean be the most appropriate one this nation could have? Of course, my scribble is just one way that idea could be expressed.
Anyone else got ideas?