Opposition to the four New Zealand flag choices on offer has begun to coalesce around a single design.
Support for the geometric ‘Red Peak’ flag has grown rapidly since the final four flags were selected on Tuesday.
Writer Toby Manhire and artist Dick Frizzell have both spoken in support of its simple non-illustrative approach and a Facebook page supporting the flag has gathered over 1700 likes in a day.
The design by Xero product design director Aaron Dustin (42) was selected for the long list of 40 flags but did not make the short list of four.
The simplistic design intentionally evokes the Maori myth of Ranginui and Papatuanuku – the sky father and earth mother who lie locked together.
It also refers to New Zealand’s geographic uniqueness – in that we are the country to see the dawn.