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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

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.

Flag Consideration Project Budget Update

Date publishedTitleDownload
15 Jun 2016 Flag Consideration Project Budget Update budget-update-nzfcp-1jun2016.pdf (328 KB)

Cabinet Papers

Date publishedTitleDownload
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
See note 2 below

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'

nzflag-process-flag-referendum-amendment-order-2015-sept2015.pdf (39 KB)

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

Date publishedTitleDownload
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

Date publishedTitleDownload
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)