Gareth Morgan Is Offering $20k To Design His Flag Entry

[Press release]

Gareth Morgan is an expert in many things but when it comes to art he can’t draw to save his life.

Gareth is passionate that we should make the most of this opportunity to change our flag. He knows what he wants to see in the flag and is looking for a designer to make his brief a reality. And the design he thinks best meets his brief will win $20k.

He believes any new flag needs to acknowledge the Treaty of Waitangi, in which partners agreed to share this land and ensure that each other’s cultures thrive.

Gareth wants a flag that reflects 3 things:
  • Maori who invited their Treaty partners to share the land;
  • The heritage of British settlers; and
  • Our multicultural society - now and into the future.
Morgan says he particularly wants young designers to enter, “after all the younger generations will be using this flag more than us. It would also be a bonus for me if the prize could help a young designer pay their University fees,” says Morgan.

The competition will run for three weeks after which the winner will be decided and entered into the official Flag Consideration Project. The flag will also be promoted on a prominent billboard.

Competition entries close on Monday 13 July. People can enter at

For more information contact: Geoff Simmons, 021 241 9251,


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