Flag of the Austral Islands
The flag has a ratio of 2:3 and is divided into three vertical stripes: red, white and red, with the proportions 1:3:1. In the white central stripe is a blue emblem surrounded by five stars representing the five high islands that constitute the Austral Islands: Rurutu, Tubuai, Rimatara, Rivavae and Rapa. The central emblem represents a stylized penu, rock or piece of carved coral used to crush food or medicines, and symbolizes the archipelago. The red stripes are a reminder that the archipelago is part of French Polynesia, and blue symbolizes the sea. The colors are prescribed as red Pantone 185c and blue Pantone 286c.
On 4 December 1985, the Territorial Government decreed that the flags of the archipelagos and islands of French Polynesia may be flown next to the French Polynesian Territorial and French National flags.
The former flag of the Austral Islands has a white vertical stripe placed along the hoist, covering 1/3 of the flag length and containing the writing ARCHIPEL / DES / ILES / AUSTRALES ("Archipelago of the Austral Islands"). The remaining 2/3 is horizontally divided into five bands with the colors yellow, red, white, green and blue.
- "Austral Islands (French Polynesia)". www.crwflags.com. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
- "Drapeau de l'Archipel des Australes - Tahiti Heritage". www.tahitiheritage.pf. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
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