Process to Consider Changing the New Zealand Flag
This page contains the relevant Cabinet papers and other documents relating to the process to consider changing the New Zealand Flag, undertaken from 2014–2016. The Responsible Minister was the Deputy Prime Minister, Hon Bill English, and the lead department was the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Media Statements on the Beehive Website
- The Prime Minister’s speech of 11 March 2014: Considering a new flag
- The Prime Minister’s media statement of 29 October 2014: First steps taken towards flag referendum
- The Deputy Prime Minister’s media statement of 26 February 2015: Flag Consideration Panel members announced
- The Deputy Prime Minister's media statement of 12 March 2015: Flag Referendums Bill passes first reading
- The Deputy Prime Minister's media statement of 7 May 2015: Flag process is structured correctly, English says
- The Deputy Prime Minister's media statement of 13 August 2015: New Zealanders have final say on national flag
- The Deputy Prime Minister's media statement of 24 September 2015: New Zealanders have final say on national flag
- The Deputy Prime Minister's media statement of 15 December 2015: New Zealand given historic opportunity to choose a flag
- The Deputy Prime Minister's media statement of 24 March 2016: New Zealanders have chosen their flag
Flag Referendum Legislation and Background Documentation
For the results of the flag referendums, please visit the results section of the Electoral Commission's website.
The Flag Consideration Panel's reports to the Responsible Minister, and the documents from the Panel's meetings, can be downloaded below.
The New Zealand Flag Referendums Act 2015 received Royal assent on 14 August 2015 and is available at www.legislation.govt.nz, along with the Orders in Council governing the first and second referendums. The background to the Act is available at www.parliament.govt.nz.
The New Zealand Flag Referendums Amendment Act 2015 received Royal assent on 24 September 2015 and provided a mechanism for a fifth design to be included on the voting paper for the first referendum. To see the five alternative designs included on the voting paper for the first referendum, please visit this website (archived at the National Digital Heritage site) The NZ flag - your chance to decide. The amending Order in Council is available at www.legislation.govt.nz.
The two flag-related websites created to support the flag referendum process – www.flag.govt.nz and www.standfor.co.nz – have been decommissioned. They now redirect visitors to this page on the DPMC website.
The websites have been captured by the National Library's National Digital Heritage Archive (NDHA).
See the National Library catalogue records for 'View It' links to the archived instances of these websites:
- What do we stand for? (www.standfor.co.nz)
- The NZ Flag – your chance to decide (www.flag.govt.nz) - Includes the five alternative designs included in the first referendum.
Due to the dynamic nature of those websites, the archived instances do not fully capture all of the flag designs and comments submitted on those websites.
The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet is working on arrangements to make the submitted designs and comments available for researchers. Researchers can contact Rachel Hayward, Deputy Secretary of the Cabinet for enquiries using the Cabinet Office contact details.
Flag Consideration Project Budget Update
|15 Jun 2016||Flag Consideration Project Budget Update||budget-update-nzfcp-1jun2016.pdf (328 KB)|
|29 Oct 2014||Cabinet minute CAB Min (14) 34/1
Minute reissued to correct a technical error in the table at paragraph 21
|nzflag-process-cabinet-minute-october2014-amended.pdf (63 KB)|
|29 Oct 2014||Cabinet paper CAB (14) 541 with Appendices 2 and 3
For Appendix 4, see note 1 below
|nzflag-process-cabinet-paper-october2014.pdf.pdf (261 KB)|
|29 Oct 2014||Appendix 1 of Cabinet paper CAB (14) 541||nzflag-process-cabinet-paper-october2014-appendix1.pdf (168 KB)|
|3 Mar 2015||Cabinet minute CAB Min (14) 38/15||nzflag-process-cabinet-minute-14-38-15-december2014.pdf (20 KB)|
|3 Mar 2015||
Cabinet minute CAB Min (15) 2/5
|nzflag-process-cabinet-minute-february2015.pdf (41 KB)|
|3 Mar 2015||
Cabinet paper CAB (15) 23
|nzflag-process-cabinet-paper-february2015.pdf (58 KB)|
|3 Mar 2015||Appendix 1 of Cabinet paper CAB (15) 23||nzflag-process-cabinet-paper-february2015-appendix1.pdf (171 KB)|
|15 Sept 2015||Cabinet minute CAB Min (15) 9/14||nzflag-process-cabinet-minute-15-9-14-march2015.pdf (198 KB)|
|6 Oct 2015||Cabinet paper 'New Zealand Flag Referendums Orders 2015'||nzflag-process-flag-referendums-orders-2015-aug2015.pdf (70 KB)|
|6 Oct 2015||Cabinet minute CAB-15-MIN-0048||nzflag-process-cabinet-minute-CAB-15-MIN-0048-aug2015.pdf (39 KB)|
|2 Nov 2015||Cabinet paper 'New Zealand Flag Referendums (First Flag Referendum) Amendment Order 2015'|
|2 Nov 2015||Cabinet minute CAB-15-MIN-0126||nzflag-process-cabinet-minute-CAB-15-MIN-0126-sept2015.pdf (39 KB)|
Note 1: The Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) at Appendix 4 of CAB (14) 541 is published separately on the Ministry of Justice's website.
Note 2: The Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) referred to in paragraph 47 of CAB (15) 23 is published separately on the Ministry of Justice's website.
Flag Consideration Panel Reports
|2 Oct 2015||Panel report to Deputy Prime Minister (7 April 2015)||nzflag-process-panel-report-april2015.pdf (267 KB)|
|2 Oct 2015||Panel report to Deputy Prime Minister (18 June 2015)||nzflag-process-panel-report-june2015.pdf (87 KB)|
|2 Oct 2015||Advisory Group Terms of Reference (Final Version) (20 July 2015)||nzflag-process-terms-of-reference-final-jul2015.pdf (508 KB)|
|2 Oct 2015||Panel report to Deputy Prime Minister (7 August 2015)||nzflag-process-panel-report-august2015.pdf (1,467 KB)|
|2 Oct 2015||Panel report to Deputy Prime Minister (28 August 2015) (Govt.NZ website)|
|15 Jun 2016||Panel report to the Deputy Prime Minister (9 Dec 2015)||nzflag-process-panel-report-december2015.pdf (388 KB)|
|15 Jun 2016||Panel report to the Deputy Prime Minister (4 May 2016)||nzflag-process-panel-report-may2016.pdf (1,934 KB)|
Flag Consideration Panel Meeting Documents
|4 Nov 2015||Summary: Release of Flag Consideration Panel meeting documents 4 November 2015
Contains explanations of redactions made in line with the Official Information Act 1982, a summary of the Panel’s design selection process, and a table of documents released, including links to publicly available material where applicable
|summary-release-panel-documents-4nov15.pdf (384 KB)|
|4 Nov 2015||Panel induction pack (March 2015)||induction-pack-nzfcp-mar15.pdf (2,501 KB)|
|4 Nov 2015||Panel meeting papers (3 March 2015)||meeting-agenda-papers-nzfcp-3mar15.pdf (4,153 KB)|
|4 Nov 2015||Panel meeting papers (19 March 2015)||meeting-agenda-papers-nzfcp-19mar15.pdf (3,336 KB)|
|4 Nov 2015||Panel meeting papers (26 March 2015)||meeting-agenda-papers-nzfcp-26mar15.pdf (3,426 KB)|
|4 Nov 2015||Panel meeting papers (15 April 2015)||meeting-agenda-papers-nzfcp-15apr15.pdf (2,568 KB)|
|4 Nov 2015||Panel meeting papers (29 April 2015)||meeting-agenda-papers-nzfcp-29apr15.pdf (4,233 KB)|
|4 Nov 2015||Panel meeting papers (5 May 2015)||meeting-agenda-papers-nzfcp-5may15.pdf (2,376 KB)|
|4 Nov 2015||Panel meeting papers (17 June 2015)||meeting-agenda-papers-nzfcp-17jun15.pdf (3,072 KB)|
|4 Nov 2015||Panel meeting papers (23 July 2015)||meeting-agenda-papers-nzfcp-23jul15.pdf (4,873 KB)|
|4 Nov 2015||Panel meeting papers (30 July 2015)||meeting-agenda-papers-nzfcp-30jul15.pdf (3,123 KB)|
|4 Nov 2015||Panel meeting papers (11 August 2015)||meeting-agenda-papers-nzfcp-11aug15.pdf (1,508 KB)|
|4 Nov 2015||Panel meeting papers (18 August 2015)||meeting-agenda-papers-nzfcp-18aug15.pdf (443 KB)|
|15 Jun 2016||Panel meeting papers (20 Nov 2015)||meeting-agenda-papers-nzfcp-20nov15.pdf (10,138 KB)|
|15 Jun 2016||Panel meeting papers (15 Dec 2015)||meeting-agenda-papers-nzfcp-15dec15.pdf (4,547 KB)|
|15 Jun 2016||Panel meeting papers (31 Mar 2016)||meeting-agenda-papers-nzfcp-31mar16.pdf (755 KB)|