New Zealand Flag

New Zealand Flag

Flag of New Zealand - Description of the New Zealand Flag

As the above picture of the New Zealand Flag indicates the overall background is blue

According to Ancient and Heraldic traditions much symbolism is associated with colors. The colors on the New Zealand flag represent the following:

White - peace and honesty

Red - hardiness, bravery, strength & valour

Blue - vigilance, truth and loyalty, perseverance & justice

The basic style shown in the picture of the New Zealand flag is described as Canton reflecting the central design of the flag pattern

All Flag pictures depict flags flying, from the viewer's point of view, from left to right

The shape and flag ratio of the New Zealand flag is described as 1:2 ( length twice the height )

The left half of the flag ( viewer's left side ) is called the Hoist and pictures the flag of the UK in the upper hoist-side quadrant (canton) with four red five-pointed stars edged in white, all of the same size, centered in the outer half of the flag

The stars emblem on the New Zealand flag pictures a representation of the Southern Cross constellation

The Meaning & History of the New Zealand Flag - The Union Jack symbolises New Zealand's Commonwealth heritage

It is based on the British blue ensign as the flag was originally mainly intended for naval use

The flag of New Zealand was introduced in 1869 and adopted as the national flag in 1902

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