Laser-kiwi artist uninspired by flag designs

It's not in the final four, not even the final 40, but this was a winning design for many in New Zealand and around the ...
JAMES GRAY

It's not in the final four, not even the final 40, but this was a winning design for many in New Zealand and around the world.

The designer behind the laser-kiwi flag has called the final four flag options "uninspired".

Auckland audio-visual technician James Gray, 26, said the designs didn't derive much meaning for him.

"They just seem a bit deathly and uninspired to me," he said.

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"Tad disappointing that we still seem to be stuck on the union jack colours. I would have liked it if they went in another direction."

Gray's Fire the Lazar garnered a lot of international attention and was the popular pick among a range of entertaining crowd-sourced submissions.

He described his flag's fame as "a bit of a sideshow".

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The final selection looked like far more sincere than his, and he said he would pick Kyle Lockwood's flag with the black on it if he had to choose.

"I think these people actually take their artwork seriously."

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The current New Zealand flag.

Alofi Kanter's black and white fern design was announced as the first finalist.

Kyle Lockwood's red, white and blue design has made the final cut.

A second design from Kyle Lockwood has made the final cut.

Andrew Fyfe's koru flag was the third to be announced.

The Red Peak flag, designed by Aaron Dustin.

From left, Alofi kanter, Kyle Lockwood and Andrew Fyfe watch as their designs are announced as the final four flags are revealed.

Deputy Prime Minister Bill English kicks off proceedings at the unveiling of the final four flag designs.

Pupils from Ngaio School in Wellington wait patiently for the announcement of the final four flag designs.

There's a fair bit of media interest at the unveiling of the final four flag designs at Te Papa.

Bill Kaua offers an opening prayer at the ceremony to reveal the final four flag designs.

The final four contenders for a replacement flag are being announced the Te Papa marae.

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His kiwi shooting green laser beams out of its eyes was just a "random inspiration" mocked up in Microsoft Paint one night, he said.

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"You look at Australia, they've got all sorts of deadly animals," he explained.

"We don't even have one. I thought it was about time we had one."

While Gray thought $26 million spent on the flag process was a lot of money, the flag change would happen some day.

"If I were prime minister I'd probably have other priorities," said Gray.

"[But] the flag change is going to happen one way or another eventually."

 - Stuff

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