Australia Flag vs New Zealand Flag
Australia and New Zealand are countries that were previously under the British rule and therefore, it is no wonder their two national flags are quite similar in many ways. However, if one looks more closely, certain subtle difference between Australia flag and New Zealand flag can be noted.
A Defaced Blue Ensign, the Australian flag features the Union Jack in the canton with what is referred to as a Commonwealth Star embedded in the lower hoist quarter of the flag and the Southern Cross constellation on the other side of the flag . The Commonwealth Star takes the center stage in the Australian national flag. This seven pointed star epitomizes the six founding states in addition to Australian territories. This commonwealth star can be found under the Union Jack, which is at the top left corner of the flag and represents Australia’s history of British settlement. Furthermore, the Southern Cross constellation on the right of the Australian flag has four seven pointed stars and one small five pointed star. It is a group of stars seen in the southern sky of Australia. The colour of the Australian national flag is blue, white and red.
(Photo By: Blanca Garcia Gil [CC BY-SA 2.0])
The specifications of the current Australian flag were gazetted in 1934 while it was in 1954 that it became legally defined as the Australian National Flag in the Flags Act 1953.
Australia also has two other official flags; one each to represent Australia’s aborigines and Torrent islanders. Australian Aboriginal Flag is black, red and yellow. The black colour represents the Aboriginal people of Australia. The red represents the earth and the spiritual relation to the land. The yellow circle in the center represents the sun.
Torres Strait Islander Flag has green, blue, black, and white colours in it; green to represent the land, blue for the sea, and black to represent black the Torres Strait Islander people. The white colour denotes a symbol of peace.
New Zealand Flag
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A defaced Blue Ensign with the Union Jack in the canton recalling the country’s British colonial ties, the New Zealand National Flag also represents four five-pointed red stars with white borders on the right. The New Zealand flag does not have any indication of the Commonwealth Star. In its’ Southern Cross, the New Zealand flag has one less star and it is colored red with white borders. The Southern Cross constellation indicates the location of New Zealand in the south of the Pacific Ocean. It has four five-pointed stars. These four stars which vary slightly in size from one another, represent the brightest stars in the constellation of the Southern Cross. The Union Jack featured in the New Zealand flag reflects the fact that the country had been previously colonized by the British.
This flag which became the National Flag of New Zealand in 1902 uses the colours white, blue and red while its proportion is at 1:2. The clear sky and blue sea surrounding the New Zealand is represented by the royal blue colour in the flag. The New Zealand Flag is said to be the first National Flag to use the Southern Cross constellation in its design while it remains the only flag to use only the four stars that form the actual cross.
New Zealand too has other official flags, in addition to the New Zealand national flag. The red, black and white national Maori flag represent the Maori people.
Difference between Australia and New Zealand Flag
The differences between the Australia Flag and New Zealand flags are many but they are very subtle. For one to see it, one has to be very discerning.
• While the Australian flag features the Commonwealth Star, the New Zealand flag does not have it. This is because the Commonwealth star is a symbol of Australia.
• The Australian’s flag’s Southern Cross has four seven pointed stars and one with five; the New Zealand flag has only four five pointed stars.
• The Australian flag has the Southern Cross in white; the New Zealand flag has the Southern Cross portrayed with red stars with white borders.
• The New Zealand Flag is the first flag to use the Southern constellation in its design. It is also the only flag to use only the brightest and most prominent stars
• Both flags have Union Jack reflecting that both were once British colonies.
• Both flags have Union Jacks reflecting that both were once British colonies.
• The Australian flag features the Commonwealth Star; the New Zealand flag does not.
• In its’ Southern Cross, the Australian flag has four seven pointed stars and another one with five; the New Zealand Flag has four five pointed stars.
• The Southern Cross in the Australian flag is white whereas it’s red with white border in the New Zealand flag.
And new zealand is going to change this
…and NZ won’t change it in the near future. 🙂
But hopefully one day 🙂
The silver fern flag is beautiful.
Stewart Stokes says
Why change? Unlike South Africa it recognises the importance of history.
And New Zealand might change this in the past.
The N Z flag was used from 1902 onward. The Ausy one wasn’t even dreamed up for some thirty years. I think there’s some call for a case for Plagiarism! There’s nothing wrong with the NZ flag but it saddens me greatly that one has to be some degree of Expert to tell the difference. I would like to see ONE of them changed.
The Current Australian flag was first flown in Melbourne in September 1901
Though “it became legally defined as the Australian National Flag in the Flags Act 1953.”, which is what matters in this case.