Change the NZ Flag

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Change the NZ Flag
Named after The flag of New Zealand
Predecessor The NZ Trust
Formation 2003 (2003)
Founder Lloyd Morrison
Legal status Non-profit
Purpose Campaigning for New Zealanders to change the Flag of New Zealand
New Zealand

Change the NZ Flag is a group campaigning for New Zealanders to change the Flag of New Zealand. The group describes itself as "an independent, non-political, design-neutral society that is committed to building support for, and involvement with, the flag change process."[1]

The group is affiliated with Ausflag, a trust promoting a redesign of the Flag of Australia. Originally the NZ Trust, the group formed in 2015 to campaign in the referendums on the issue.


The group was originally the NZ Trust, established in 2003 by Wellington businessman Lloyd Morrison with the goal of bringing about a referendum on the issue.

The Trust was a non-profit charitable trust and relied on donations and proceeds from the sale of merchandise to fund its operation.

Petition to change flag[edit]

In January 2005, the Trust launched a petition to bring about a citizens' initiated referendum on the issue. Had it been successful, a referendum would have been held at the 2005 general election. However, the Trust failed to attract enough signatures, and six months after its launch, the petition had been signed by 100,000 people (the signatures of 270,000 - 10 per cent of eligible voters - are required).[2] After Telecom New Zealand and New Zealand Post reneged on an offer to distribute the petition nationwide, the Trust withdrew the petition.

Lloyd Morrison attributed the failure to apathy from the general public, while supporters of New Zealand's current flag attributed the petition's failure to the popularity of that flag.[2]

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  1. ^ "Change the NZ Flag launches campaign". Change the NZ Flag. 4 May 2015. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Editorial: Fervour for the flag carries the day". New Zealand Herald. 4 August 2005. Retrieved 9 September 2011.