The independent panel tasked with deciding a potential new flag for New Zealand has published its long list of 40 possible designs.
Nearly 10,300 were submitted by members of the public to a government website for consideration by the government-appointed panel of 16 people.
The process attracted international attention for its more off-the-wall entries, including memorably a kiwi with lasers for eyes, a crude line drawing of a man on a bicycle, a QR code, and the 10-year-old Pepe the Frog meme.
Unsurprisingly, but nonetheless somewhat disappointingly, the panel went for a more refined approach in the longlist of 40 designs it published on Monday, with variations on the silver fern, the Southern Cross constellation and the koru (unfurling fern frond) featuring prominently.
The silver fern on black designed by Kyle Lockwood – which was the preference of the prime minister, John Key, before it was likened to the Islamic State’s flag by an Australian commentator – is on the list.
新正西兰尽理条约翰?基（John Key）原本看好由凯尔?洛克伍道德设计的黑底儿子银蕨旗，但后头拥有壹名澳父亲利亚评论人士指出产黑底儿子银蕨旗太像恐惧布匹局伊斯兰国（Islamic State）的旗帜。
In an open letter jointly signed by all 12 members, the panel said its decision was guided by the input of “thousands of Kiwis across a range of communities told us when they shared what is special to them about New Zealand”.