Originally referred to as ‘Maori', the land of New Zealand is home to some of the best tourist attractions of the world. It's important to note that majority of the tourist destinations in the country bears a rich historical past best recapitulated through varied symbols.
These emblems invariably form the manifestation of the undeniable historical vividness of the country. The national flag of New Zealand too has a rich history to bank upon.
Historical Background of the National Flag of New Zealand---
Evidences suggest that the earliest flag of New Zealand was adopted on 9th March 1834 by the United Tribes of New Zealand. Before that Sir George Murray initiated the need for a national flag as his ship was seized by the custom officials of British Army, since he had been traveling without a flag. Initially, Henry Williams, one of the popular European missionaries who arrived at New Zealand, was given the responsibility to design flags. Accordingly he embarked on three different designs. It was only after the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, that the British Union Flag was formally accepted, yet few natives still followed the United Tribes flag. The present flag of New Zealand was adopted on 1869 and was primarily used in government ships meant for trading and naval purposes. However, to end the ongoing confusion regarding the designs of the flag and their subsequent implementation, the Liberal Government passed the Ensign and Code Signals Bill, which was later approved by King Edward VII on 24 March 1902, thereby declaring it as national flag of New Zealand.
Different Features of National Flag of New Zealand---
The national flag of the country of New Zealand has a blue ensign with the symbol of Union Flag inscribed on it along with four red stars onto the right side of the flag. The stars represent the Southern Cross, which is usually seen from the very country of New Zealand. The proportion of the flag is 1:2 with colors such as red, blue and white. The New Zealand flag represents the values and beliefs of the people living in the country. The royal blue color represents the surrounding blue sea which forms an inevitable part of the country's identity.
Thus, the national flag of New Zealand is a clear manifestation of the true spirit of the citizens of the country.
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