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Flag Consideration Project

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 websites

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:

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 so that the submitted designs in electronic form can be made available to researchers on request. Researchers can contact the Deputy Secretary of the Cabinet for enquiries using the Cabinet Office contact details.

Flag Consideration Project budget update

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15 Jun 2016 Flag Consideration Project budget update

Cabinet papers

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29 Oct 2014 Cabinet minute CAB Min (14) 34/1
Minute reissued to correct a technical error in the table at paragraph 21

29 Oct 2014 Cabinet paper CAB (14) 541 with Appendices 2 and 3
For Appendix 4, see note 1 below

29 Oct 2014 Appendix 1 of Cabinet paper CAB (14) 541

3 Mar 2015 Cabinet minute CAB Min (14) 38/15

3 Mar 2015

Cabinet minute CAB Min (15) 2/5

3 Mar 2015

Cabinet paper CAB (15) 23
See note 2 below

3 Mar 2015 Appendix 1 of Cabinet paper CAB (15) 23

15 Sept 2015 Cabinet minute CAB Min (15) 9/14

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Additional item: process for selecting the four alternative flag designs for the first referendum voting paper

6 Oct 2015 Cabinet paper 'New Zealand Flag Referendums Orders 2015'

6 Oct 2015 Cabinet minute CAB-15-MIN-0048

2 Nov 2015 Cabinet paper 'New Zealand Flag Referendums (First Flag Referendum) Amendment Order 2015'

2 Nov 2015 Cabinet minute CAB-15-MIN-0126

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 Published Title Download
2 Oct 2015 Panel report to Deputy Prime Minister (7 April 2015)

2 Oct 2015 Panel report to Deputy Prime Minister (18 June 2015)

2 Oct 2015 Advisory Group Terms of Reference (Final Version) (20 July 2015)

2 Oct 2015 Panel report to Deputy Prime Minister (7 August 2015)

2 Oct 2015 Panel report to Deputy Prime Minister (28 Aug 2015)
15 Jun 2016 Panel report to the Deputy Prime Minister (9 Dec 2015)

15 Jun 2016 Panel report to the Deputy Prime Minister (4 May 2016)

Flag Consideration Panel meeting documents

Date Published Title Download
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

4 Nov 2015 Panel induction pack (March 2015)

4 Nov 2015 Panel meeting papers (3 March 2015)

4 Nov 2015 Panel meeting papers (19 March 2015)

4 Nov 2015 Panel meeting papers (26 March 2015)

4 Nov 2015 Panel meeting papers (15 April 2015)

4 Nov 2015 Panel meeting papers (29 April 2015)

4 Nov 2015 Panel meeting papers (5 May 2015)

4 Nov 2015 Panel meeting papers (17 June 2015)

4 Nov 2015 Panel meeting papers (23 July 2015)

4 Nov 2015 Panel meeting papers (30 July 2015)

4 Nov 2015 Panel meeting papers (11 August 2015)

4 Nov 2015 Panel meeting papers (18 August 2015)

15 Jun 2016 Panel meeting papers (20 Nov 2015)

15 Jun 2016 Panel meeting papers (15 Dec 2015)

15 Jun 2016 Panel meeting papers (31 Mar 2016)

Publications

Cabinet Minute CAB-15-MIN-0048: August 2015

Cabinet decisions
31 Aug 2015
Last updated: 
Wednesday, 28 June 2017

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