The New Zealand Flag

The New Zealand flag has a plain blue background. The cross in the top left hand corner is a Union Jack. This is on the flag because New Zealand used to be a colony of Great Britain. The four stars on the right are the four stars of the Southern Cross, a star pattern in our sky in the Southern Hemisphere. We started using this flag in 1902.


What transformation geometry can you find in our flag?

Download and read the NIE Resource about the New Zealand Flag

Changing the Flag

There has been a huge push to change the flag, as we no longer have a close relationship like we once had. Several new designs have been put forward, the main one being a white or silver fern on a black background. The silver fern has been a symbol of New Zealand for many years, and features on most of our national sports uniforms, including the All Blacks rugby team.

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The New Zealand Maori want to have a Maori flag replace the national flag. The three colours: red, black and white, are the traditional colours of the Kowhaiwhai.


Another frontrunner in the quest for a new New Zealand flag is Flag New Zealand. Blue and green represent the sea and the land, and the koru shows new life. The Southern Cross still features.

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Design your own flag of New Zealand using transformation geometry. You must use at least one transformation – translation, reflection, rotation or enlargement.

Word Doc of the work above


Find the symmetry in the following flags

(A big "Thank You" to Alice, my student teacher who has trialled this Kowhaiwhai wiki during her Teaching Practice, and who developed this word doc on symmetry of world flags)