Flag of New Zealand
New Zealand
Adopted June 12, 1902 [1]
Designed by Albert Hastings Markham
Proportions 1:2
300px-Civil Ensign of New Zealand.svg

Civil ensign

NZ Naval 300x150.svg

Naval ensign

NZ CAE (2)

Civil Air ensign


Customs Ensign


Air Force Ensign

Flag of New Zealand Police.svg

Police Ensign


Fire Service Ensign

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)[2]


  1. New Zealand at Flags of the World
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