New flag could be selected as early as March 2016
The submissions for new flag designs from members of the public finish today.
From here, a shortlist of four alternative designs will be selected by a panel and a new flag could be decided by March next year.
So if we do change the flag, what should be included to keep our identity? And how long will it take for us to identify with a new design?
Cultural historian Felicity Barnes joined Paul Henry this morning.
"I think it is a challenge. They have to whittle this down to four designs and look at what the recurring motifs are. I don’t think that’s the best way to go about designing a flag. Currently it feels like a bit of an empty gesture."
Watch the full interview with Felicity Barnes.