Here are a few other flags that I've put together.
The two New Zealand flags took a few minutes to draw, compared to the Southern Cross Flag which took years to finalise.
The Aotearoa Flag
Aotearoa is the Māori name for New Zealand. It means Land of the Long White Cloud
- White represents Aotearoa: The Land of the Long White Cloud
- White is also the colour of peace
- Red is from the Māori Flag (Tino Rangatiratanga) to represent the First Peoples of Aotearoa
- The Black silhouette of the New Zealand Floral Emblem: the Silver Fern or Ponga
- Blue comes from the current New Zealand flag, originating from the British Blue Ensign, that when combined with the Red from the Tino Rangatiratanga and the White acknowledges the Treaty of Waitangi of 1840
- Black and White are the sporting colours of New Zealand
© 2022 David Dixon
The New Zealand Challenge Flag
A variation of the Aotearoa Flag, for more challenging times
- Red and Blue are the same as the Aotearoa Flag
- Silver Fern is on a black background - like the great All Blacks jersey
- The central colours of Black and White are the New Zealand sporting colours
- The Challenge Flag could also be considered the sports or battle flag
- The Flag's colours are those of Battle: Blood and Bruising
© 2022 David Dixon
A note for my Kiwi cousins.
Kia ora cuz! You know that as an Aussie I *hate* you dags every time the All Blacks meet the Wobblies. But you better know I will stand with you, and by you, at every other time. Except cricket. And netball. Oh, yeah... and rowing and sculling -- no not only that boat race on water, the other boat race after a game of Rugby. But other than that, all's good. So cuz, if you can use either of these flags & that includes making money by selling them, just drop me an email and I'll send you the files. Fair dinkum. Maybe you could send me a photo of you with the flag for the photo gallery -- that would be sweet as.
The First One
This was a the very first flag and was simply taking the Eureka Flag and 'filling" the cross and the stars with green and gold when just playing with a paint program decades ago.
The "Island" Continent as a Flag. This theme of representing Australia as a continent surrounded by water is in the final design of the Southern Cross Flag. The Green and Gold cross represents the land bordered by golden beaches, surrounded by the blue of the ocean.
October 2016 to April 2022
The Southern Cross Flag Takes Shape
A Green and Gold Cross with a Blue Field
The Southern Cross Flag evolved from some of the earlier pre-federation designs. And the evolution experiment led to many dead ends. In 2022, the basic size of the flag was changed and based on a hoist of 24 units. This allowed three different sizes of flags; 1:2 (24x48), 2:3 (24x36) and 3:5 24x40) by adding or subtracting the width of the flags and without distorting the cross and stars. The 2:3 version is the most compact and shows the gold border with a minimal blue on all four sides and is completely symmetrical - it cannot be hung upside down or back to front.
In April 2022 the final adjustment was made when the star size was modified so they were more obvious at a distance. The design of these 5 x 8 point stars are unique to this flag.
Five white, eight point stars on a green and gold cross on a blue field
This illustration demonstrates the 3 main sizes of flags. The 1:2 (height : width) such as most Commonwealth Flags, the slightly smaller 3:5 and the most popular sized flag and most compact 2:3. Note that the Cross & Stars remain the same size while the flag changes size.