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New Zealand has revealed its longlist of 40 designs for a new national flag. The 40 were whittled down from more than 10,000 suggestions.
A panel will select four designs from the 40 to be put to voters in a referendum in March 2016.
New Zealand is currently one of four sovereign states to still include the Union Jack on its flag. The others are Australia, Fiji and Tuvalu.
The Black Jack design (bottom left) is the only one to feature a reimagined version of the Union Jack.
The Government-appointed Flag Consideration Panel said: "A great flag should be distinctive and so simple it can be drawn by a child from memory."
The designs feature a variety of shapes and most notably the fern, which is an iconic emblem of the country.
Organisers want the flag to "speak to all Kiwis".