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Flag It!

An invitation to design, make and exhibit Aotearoa/New Zealand’s next national flag! In the next parliamentary term, 2014–2017, the people of Aotearoa / New Zealand will vote on whether their country flies a new flag. In that case it will be ensured that the public can contribute design ideas.

There have been numerous calls in the last decades for a new flag design. It has been argued that the current flag symbolises a colonial and post-colonial era whose time has passed, and that it ignores Māori heritage and other ethnic groups. It is also very similar to the Australian flag and the two are often confused.

New Zealand is not the first country to address redesigning their national flag; 31 countries have done so since 1990. A flag competition held by the Listener in 1989 showed that most New Zealanders wanted a change. In 2010 the New Zealand Herald ran a front-page article arguing that it was time to change. And with the referendum coming up, the time is now.

The Depot Artspace wants to prepare for this process by inviting you to take part in Flag It! – an opportunity to have your say and represent your country, your identity and tūrangawaewae / your sense of place!

For further details of entry please contact Gallery Manager helenwinskill@depotartspace.co.nz

Deadline August 29th.