Designs vying to replace to the New Zealand flag have been criticised for being uninspiring and lacking variety.
The list of 40 possible future flags chosen from more than 10,000 public submissions was released on Monday. Critics say the selections lack diversity vision and imagination.
Illustrator Toby Morris said the range of options offered was disappointing and ‘surprisingly narrow’.
‘They say there are 40 designs but actually there are only four or five main ideas there that you see repeated in various colour combinations’.
Otago Polytech design lecturer Matthew Galloway said while there were some good options – the shortlist lacked range.
‘There’s a clear lack of editing’ he said
If you’re going to choose 40 flags – why is there just this massive sea of ferns?’