仙仙 发表于 2015-8-18 15:40:57

New Zealand's new flag

The independent panel tasked with deciding a potential new flag for New Zealand has published its long list of 40 possible designs.
Nearly 10,300 were submitted by members of the public to a government website for consideration by the government-appointed panel of 16 people.
The process attracted international attention for its more off-the-wall entries, including memorably a kiwi with lasers for eyes, a crude line drawing of a man on a bicycle, a QR code, and the 10-year-old Pepe the Frog meme.
Unsurprisingly, but nonetheless somewhat disappointingly, the panel went for a more refined approach in the longlist of 40 designs it published on Monday, with variations on the silver fern, the Southern Cross constellation and the koru (unfurling fern frond) featuring prominently.
The silver fern on black designed by Kyle Lockwood – which was the preference of the prime minister, John Key, before it was likened to the Islamic State’s flag by an Australian commentator – is on the list.
   新西兰总理约翰•基(John Key)原本看好由凯尔•洛克伍德设计的黑底银蕨旗,但后来有一名澳大利亚评论人士指出黑底银蕨旗太像恐怖组织伊斯兰国(Islamic State)的旗帜。
In an open letter jointly signed by all 12 members, the panel said its decision was guided by the input of “thousands of Kiwis across a range of communities told us when they shared what is special to them about New Zealand”.
“A potential new flag should unmistakably be from New Zealand and celebrate us as a progressive, inclusive nation that is connected to its environment, and has a sense of its past and a vision for its future.”
Cultural, vexillology and art and design experts were asked to review the longlisted designs, and due diligence of all 40 will be carried out, “including robust intellectual property checks”.
Two designs by Pax Zwanikken, a New Zealander based in Sydney, made the longlist of the “20 or so” he submitted.
“My personal favourites were more simple than the ones they selected, but I’m not surprised that these two were their choice,” he said. “They are potentially less divisive than some of my other concepts.”
Zwanikken said he felt that there had been a backlash against the push to change the flag – instigated by Key – in part because of the cost and duration of the process, which will include a two-step postal vote and is estimated to cost just under $NZ26m.
The panel is now faced with the task of whittling down the longlist of 40 to four designs that will be put to a public vote in a binding referendum in November or December.
A second referendum, to be held in March 2016, will be a run-off between the current flag and the preferred alternative design.
New Zealand’s current flag, a pairing of the Union Jack with the Southern Cross constellation that closely resembles Australia’s, was formally adopted in 1902.
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