Silver Fern design preferred choice for new NZ flag
11:14 AM Monday Feb 15, 2010

A silver fern flag flying after Team NZ successfully defended the America's Cup in 2000. Photo / Brett Phibbs

A silver fern is the most favoured design for an alternative New Zealand flag, according to reader comments.

Over the past two weeks, the Herald has carried a debate on changing New Zealand's flag, after finding eleven of the country's 22 Order of Merit members wanted a change, against five who did not.

The first 500 public responses to showed 63 per cent of those who wanted a new flag preferred the silver fern design.

The second most popular designs, the Tino Rangatiratanga and the kiwi, were each picked by only five per cent of those commenting on the debate.

Jane commented that the silver fern was already New Zealand's de facto flag.

"As far as I'm concerned the NZ flag is the silver fern on the black background. The non-entity that is our current flag is an irrelevancy that says everything about the country that we were and nothing about the country that we are.

"Change the damn thing to the flag that most are using anyway."

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