New Zealand is in the closing stages of replacing its colonial-era flag with something a little more modern. After rounds of voting only slightly less exciting than the GOP primary, we’re left with one design, which will go head-to-head with the current flag in March.
The new design, officially known as Silver Fern, is the brainchild of architect Kyle Lockwood, who incorporated the black-and-white fern that New Zealand is already famous for onto the same background, with the same stars, keeping most of the old, but ditching rampant colonialism in favor of something that reflects New Zealand itself.
It won the runoff voting system against four other candidates. The only other design that even came close was a similar design by Lockwood, but with a red patch in the top left.
The final stage of the $18 million referendum is a ballot in March, which will see the new design go head-to-head in a winner-takes-all match against the old flag. Provided the new version wins, the new flag will be gradually rolled out, until the tiny Union Flag is nothing but a distant memory.