Ron has de­signs on a new flag

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Ron David­son hopes to see his de­sign above the Bee­hive and on Auck­land Har­bour Bridge one day.

The for­mer Pukerua Bay res­i­dent, who lives in Auck­land and works as a designer, is ea­ger to change the na­tional flag.

His de­sign has a koru on a black and white back­ground, with teal and blue along the bot­tom of the flag.

An­der­son was part of a gov­ern­ment-sanc­tioned work­ing group that in­ves­ti­gated chang­ing the flag in the 1980s, but it came to nought af­ter a lot of talk, he said.

‘‘This has been a long-stand­ing is­sue that I have strong feel­ings on,’’ he said.

The Na­tional Gov­ern­ment has pledged a ref­er­en­dum later this year on whether to change the flag and An­der­son hoped his de­sign would make a short­list.

So far the feed­back has been good – he has his de­sign on the side of his car and flies it above his home in Whanga­paraoa.

He would pro­mote his flag de­sign more widely in the com­ing months, he said.

‘‘We had a flag with us while we were camp­ing in North­land this sum­mer and peo­ple have been very, very pos­i­tive about it,’’ he said.

‘‘I would love it to be con­sid­ered, so I’m putting it out there as much as I can. I get a lot of toots and waves when I’m in the car.’’

He said the koru was a pow­er­ful sym­bol in Maori im­agery and the blue could rep­re­sent the Pa­cific part of New Zealand’s cul­ture.

The white at the top is the rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the long white cloud and the strong hor­i­zon­tal lines rep­re­sent the land and the sea.

Dif­fer­ent peo­ple would find dif­fer­ent mean­ing in the colours, he said.

An­der­son does not have any­thing against the cur­rent flag, but said it was time to move on.

He dis­counted the South­ern Cross and sil­ver fern mo­tifs when fi­nal­is­ing his own de­sign.

‘‘I’m not anti the South­ern Cross and Union Jack, but it feels like New Zealand as a coun­try is like a kid who needs to leave home,’’ he said.

‘‘ The cur­rent flag has things an­chored in our colo­nial his­tory and we do not want to ig­nore that, but I went through a long process of elim­i­na­tion last year be­fore set­tling on what I have.’’

An­der­son, who at­tended Tawa Col­lege, still has a prop­erty in Pukerua Bay and his fa­ther lives in Otaki.

New flag: Ron An­der­son with his pro­posed de­sign for a New Zealand flag.

Fly­ing proudly: An­der­son’s flag on the beach at Pukerua Bay.

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