The above design for a new (matriachal) New Zealand flag was rejected by
the NZ Flag Consideration Project Secretariat Team.
See the email below:
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Your alternative flag design suggestion
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 22:04:05 +0000
From: flaginfo <email@example.com>
Thank you for your alternative flag design suggestion. Unfortunately your
design does not meet the Minimum Standards in the Flag Design Guidelines (available
on www.flag.govt.nz <http://www.flag.govt.nz>), or you did not complete
the form appropriately, and therefore cannot be considered.
The Minimum Standards are:
·/"Intellectual property – Do not suggest a design under
your name that you know is a copy of an existing, or someone else’s,
design. Also, do not include symbols, trade marks, or elements in your design
that are copied from someone else or that are the intellectual or cultural
property of another person or entity without explaining who they belong to.
Please remember that even if a particular design or symbol is on the internet,
it does not mean you can copy it for your own design. /
/If you wish to recommend an _existing_ design for consideration by the
Panel, please suggest the design with clear information about who has developed
the design and, if possible, how they can be contacted. /
/If your design is shortlisted for the first referendum, or chosen as the
contender for the second referendum, or chosen as New Zealand’s new
flag, then you and any author or owner of the design, or any part of it, will
need to sign a form agreeing to transfer ownership of any intellectual property
rights in the design to the Crown at no cost. /
·/Offensive or divisive designs – Flags should be a symbol
of pride and unify the community they represent. For this reason, flags that
are offensive to an individual or community, or that are divisive, will not
·/Flag designs that include words, photos or complex objects will
not be considered. /
·/Flag designs that incorporate the image of a person will not be
If you disagree with this decision, please reply to this email stating the
reasons why you believe your design meets the minimum standards. You are also
very welcome to suggest another design.
This email may contain information that is confidential or legally privileged.
If you have received it by mistake, please:
(1) reply promptly to that effect, and remove this email and the reply from
(2) do not act on this email in any other way.