'Silver Fern' flag designer Kyle Lockwood: I would be 'honoured' to win

The Age

Kyle Lockwood, discusses his flag design.

Kyle Lockwood began mocking up alternative flags for New Zealand back in 2000.

At the time, he was a university student, sketching away to pass the hours in a lecture. 

Fast forward 15 years, and a variation of that design could be New Zealand's official new flag. 

Early days: Kyle Lockwood began working on his flag designs 15 years ago.
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Early days: Kyle Lockwood began working on his flag designs 15 years ago.

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Lockwood has two options for the alternative flag in the the country's flag referendum, which kicks off on Friday.

His two mock-ups, Silver Fern (Red, White and Blue) and Silver Fern (Black, White and Blue) rank as the two most popular options in public polls.

Silver Fern (Black, White and Blue) is the PM's pick for the new flag.
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Silver Fern (Black, White and Blue) is the PM's pick for the new flag.

And Prime Minister John Key has publicly said he backs Lockwood's Silver Fern (Black, White and Blue) choice. 

But what exactly would winning mean for the born-and-bred Wellingtonian who now resides in Melbourne? 

"There's no prize money or anything like that, the basic prize is the honour of having designed a flag for New Zealand," Lockwood said.

Kyle Lockwood began designing alternative New Zealand flags in 2000.
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Kyle Lockwood began designing alternative New Zealand flags in 2000.

"If I were to win it would just be absolutely amazing.

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"To go to New Zealand, and stand under the flag, it would just be an absolutely incredible moment I think."

 

 - Stuff

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