Caption: Thomas Le Bas with a small selection of the New Zealand flag designs able to be viewed and commented on via his interactive web tool Flagpost. Public submissions to the government-appointed Flag Consideration Panel close on Thursday.

Students have their say on flag debate as deadline looms

With only days to go till the final deadline to submit alternative New Zealand flag designs to a Government-appointed panel, students at Massey University’s Auckland campus were randomly asked for their thoughts on the issue.

 They were quizzed on whether they wanted to change the current flag and what they would like too see on a new flag. Public submissions close on Thursday.

 The 12-member Flag Consideration Panel has been tasked with choosing four alternative options based on all those submitted by the public by September. The panel will also consider New Zealanders thoughts on what they believe the flag stands for or represents.

 The four options will then be voted on at a referendum in November-December, with the highest-ranked design then put alongside the existing flag for a final public vote in March 2016.

 Click on the video link here for the views of students.

In addition, a School of Design master’s student Thomas Le Bas has devised a web tool that allows the public to have their say about the more than 6000 designs already submitted.

 The tool Flagpost, uses tags to help the public determine what a flag design represents to them, - whether it be about history, unity or multiculturalism - and provide feedback. It also lets them explore like-minded designs already submitted, and vote for their preferences.

 For further information go to www.flagpost.nz

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