The Union Flag of the Kingdom of Great Britain. Raised by Captain James Cook RN in 1769 and later Captain Arthur Phillip in 1788 when the country was claimed as part of New South Wales after the founding of Sydney by the First Fleet as a penal Colony.
Blue and gold, horizontally divided by a zigzag line ("dancetty", in vexillological terms), with counterchanged eight-pointed stars. Used by the Otago Regional Council, and widely by the general public in the Otago region
This flag includes the Union Jack, symbolising British links, and the national colours of New Zealand, black and white, with the red from the cross of the Union Jack being extended to show the Maori colour of red. The southern cross is also prominent.
Helen Clark's flag
Helen Clark made her proposal while Prime Minister of New Zealand. She said that deleting the Union Jack from the New Zealand flag was a possibility if people wanted to redesign the flag, leaving it as a "rather attractive Southern Cross".
Kyle Lockwood's flag
A red, white and blue flag representing "the people of New Zealand". The blue colour represents the ocean, the red represents the Maori and the blood of soldiers, and white is a reference to the "Land of the Long White Cloud".
A modification of the current flag with the initials NZ to stylise the Union Jack and a long white cloud has made it to some a flag of compromise. This combination retains traditional links with the United Kingdom and New Zealand's Polynesian heritage. The NZ jack design is also reminiscent of the old 1974 Christchurch Commonwealth Games insignia. This design was displayed in newspapers around the country in 2005, and on an earlier TV debate with the late Angela De Audney.
James Dignan's flag
Combines the red-white-blue and stars of the current flag (though with a brighter blue) and the bold diagonals of the Union Flag with the black-white-red of the flag of Tino rangatiratanga, and adds the silver fern. Promoted widely after a New Zealand Herald article in 2002.