The flag of New Zealand features a blue field with the Union Jack in the canton and four red stars with white edges, known as the Southern Cross, on the right. The Southern Cross constellation symbolizes New Zealand’s location in the Southern Hemisphere. It is a prominent feature of the southern sky. The Union Jack reflects New Zealand’s historical ties to Great Britain as a former British colony.

The design of the flag sparked debates and discussions about potential changes to better reflect New Zealand’s unique identity. In recent years, stakeholders considered various proposals for alternative flags, showcasing the country’s ongoing exploration of national symbolism.