New Zealand’s new flag may feature a kiwi shooting lasers from its eyes

Amateur artists are bringing the thunder down under.


Eric Geller

Internet Culture

Published May 20, 2015   Updated May 28, 2021, 7:13 pm CDT

New Zealand needs a new flag. Unfortunately for the country’s government, many of the submissions rolling in are not what you’d call serious.

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“This is the first time in history that all New Zealanders will have a say in the design of the NZ flag,” reads a website for the nation-wide design contest, titled “The NZ flag—your chance to decide.”   

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Here are some of the options that New Zealanders have come up with:

"Southern Cross"

“Southern Cross”

Cameron Smith



Tristan Klein

"Taking off the Mask"

“Taking off the Mask”

Cia Bigguoy

As you can see, they don’t exactly scream “internationally recognizable standard of the great people of New Zealand.”

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Understandably, many of the designs focus on the country’s beloved kiwi.

"Keep the Kiwi 2"

“Keep the Kiwi 2”


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"NZ 1 Tribal Kiwi - Waves representing Islands, and the southern Cross Version 6"

“NZ 1 Tribal Kiwi – Waves representing Islands, and the southern Cross Version 6”

Frank Martinoff

Those are all fun, but this is our personal favorite kiwi design.

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"Fire the Lazar!"

“Fire the Lazar!”

James Gray

Naturally, that last design is causing quite a stir among people whose submissions were rejected.

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“Why was my flag considered inappropriate and yet it was acceptable to present a sheep with a star for an eye, or a kiwi shooting laser beams?” one woman asked. “How does a crappy smiley face or stick figure riding a bike get accepted, but a rural farmer enjoying New Zealand’s farm life and representing our proud agricultural heritage does not?”

New Zealanders can submit flag designs through July 16. The public will pick from among the alternatives between Nov. 20 and Dec. 11, and the chosen alternative will be pitted against the current flag between March 3 and March 24, 2016. Now where can I bootleg a copy of MS Paint?

H/T The Week | Photo via Nick Kean/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: May 20, 2015, 1:04 pm CDT