|Flag of New Zealand|
|Adopted||June 12, 1902 |
|Designed by||Albert Hastings Markham|
The flag of New Zealand is a defaced Blue Ensign with the Union Jack in the canton, and four red stars with white borders in the fly. The stars represent the constellation of Crux, the Southern Cross.
The current version of the flag was adopted for restricted use on 23 October 1869, as the ensign for use on government vessels. On 12 June 1902, admist all the pomp and patriotism surrounding the South African War, the ensign became the national and state flag for New Zealand. The flag has a highly stylized representation of the Southern Cross constellation, and only depicts four of the five stars; the smaller Epsilon Crucis is not on shown.
- Blue: Pantone 280 C (websafe RGB 0-0-102)
- Red: Pantone 186 C (websafe RGB 204-0-0)
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