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The colourful contenders for New Zealand's new flag

New Zealand's government is taking submissions for new designs for its national flag - and while it is far from certain that the country will change its flag, plenty of people have been putting their suggestions forward.

Below is a gallery of some of the more striking entries - you can see all the submissions here.

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Image caption Southern Kiwi, by Aku A from Waikato, one of many kiwi-themed entries
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Image caption Blue Sky, Blue Sea by Phil Plunkett: "Keep it simple Bro! Everyone has a blue sheet at home they can cut up, Bam! 12 flags from one sheet."
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Image caption Gains, by Logan Wu from Wellington. "New Zealand has come a long way since colonialisation in many ways."
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Image caption Happy Kiwi by Davy Lee from Auckland: "Because it portrays that we are a nation of happy, harmless kiwis."
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Image caption Red, by Phil Plunkett, again. "Red is cool. Looks fast and easy to make. Dragons and Ninjas like red."
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Image caption Te Pepe, by David Astil from Waikato. "That feel when our eyes gaze upon the flightless and majestic rare-Kiwi bird is a classic icon of NZ's deep relationship with our ancestors, their spirit, land and culture."
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Image caption Good Flag, by James Ireland from Auckland. "Animals, nature, blah, blah, blah."
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Image caption Fire the Lazar! by James Gray from Auckland. "The laser beam projects a powerful image of New Zealand. I believe my design is so powerful it does not need to be discussed."
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Image caption Blu Green Blu, by Phil Plunkett from Auckland, once again. "Keep it simple Bro! Simple crisp design, can be flown upside down, inside out, back to front."

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