The Flag of New Zealand

The flag of New Zealand, also known as the New Zealand Ensign, features a dark blue field with the Union Jack in the canton, symbolizing the country's historical ties to the United Kingdom. To the right, four red stars with white borders, representing the Southern Cross constellation, are positioned to signify New Zealand's location in the South Pacific Ocean.

The Flag of New Zealand

History

Adopted on March 24, 1902, the flag of New Zealand was initially designed for use on government ships in the late 19th century before being declared the official national flag. Its design reflects New Zealand's colonial relationship with Britain and its geographical identity in the Southern Hemisphere. Over the years, there have been discussions and referendums about changing the flag, most notably in 2015-2016, but the original design has been retained. The flag symbolizes New Zealand's heritage, its place in the Pacific, and its status as an independent nation within the Commonwealth.