New Zealand flag shortlist: panel chooses final four

A panel has whittled New Zealand flag redesigns down to a shortlist of four possible options.

New Zealand's current flag.

New Zealand's current flag. Image by Edward Hyde / CC BY-SA 2.0

The original longlist was selected from nearly 10,300 crowd-sourced submissions uploaded to a government website. The public will rank the final four in order of preference in a binding postal referendum later this year. Finally a referendum, which will be held in March 2016, will ask New Zealanders if they want to keep the current flag or change to the new design favourite.

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