The NEW ZEALAND FLAG is a defaced Blue Ensign with the Union Flag in the canton, and four red stars with white borders to the right. The stars represent the constellation of Crux, the Southern Cross. New Zealand‘s first flag, the flag of the United Tribes of New Zealand, was adopted before New Zealand became a British colony. Chosen by an assembly of Māori chiefs in 1834, the flag was of a St George’s Cross with another cross in the canton containing four stars on a blue field. After the formation of the colony in 1841, British ensigns began to be used. The current flag was designed and adopted for restricted use in 1869 and became the national flag in 1902. It is the British Blue Ensign, incorporating a stylised representation of the Southern Cross showing the four brightest stars in the constellation. Each star varies slightly in size. The Union Flag in the canton recalls New Zealand’s colonial ties to Britain
Please read about the various types of flag below and then make your selection from the drop down menu
Flags come in various types as described below and sizes are commonly referred to in feet rather than metres
Decorative Flags: These have 2 grommets on LHS sleeve and are printed on polyester which makes for a lightweight flag with a variety of uses such as flying on indoor poles or wall décor. They are great for supporting favourite sports team; decoration in parades, marches and occasional flying on an outdoor flagpole. We emphasise these flags are not designed for prolonged flying on flagpoles as sun and wind would affect the lightweight material very quickly. There are two common sizes in decorative flags which are 5x3ft (150x90cm) and the smaller 3x2ft (90x60cm)
Outdoor Flagpole Flags: These are a ‘trilobal’ material which is a knitted polyester for outdoor flag use which is long life, open weave, quick wicking and drying
Note this is knitted polyester and not a woven polyester, with the latter being weaker and lighter fabric unsuitable for outdoor use.
Our flags have double-stitched hems, and sewn loops so that you can attach Sista clips to secure them to the pole’s cords. The most common sizes in outdoor flags is 6x3ft (180x90cm)
Sista Clips for Outdoor Flagpole Flags: The correct name is Inglefield clip or Brummel hook but commonly known as sister or sista. It’s a plastic clip for joining a flag or ensign quickly, easily and securely to flag halyards so that the flag can be hoisted. Each clip resembles a link of chain, with a split through one side.
Hand Held Flags: These are printed on lightweight polyester with 2ft (60cm) plastic or wooden stick. They have a variety of uses such as parades, marches or supporting favourite sports team. They are 1.5x1ft (0.45×0.3m)
Desk / Table Flags: These are miniature flags printed on lightweight polyester measuring 6x4inches (16x11cm) with an 11″ (28cm) plastic pole. They are used as hand held or can be stood on desktops when inserted into a special plastic base (not included in the price)
Desk / Table Flag Bases: These are available to hold either 1,2,3,5,11 or 17 flags
Patches: These measure 3.5”x2.25” (8.25×5.5cm) and are sewn or iron-on miniature embroidered cotton flags. They are used mainly by travellers who affix them to jackets, jeans, T-Shirts or backpacks