Flag of Niue

The flag of Niue was adopted on 15 October 1975. It consists of the Union Jack in the upper left corner with a star in the middle of the Union Jack and four stars forming a diamond around it. It is very unusual for a flag based on a British ensign design, in having not only a yellow background, but also a defaced Union Jack in the canton.[1]

Niue
Flag of Niue
UseCivil and state flag
Proportion1:2
Adopted15 October 1975
DesignA golden yellow flag with the Union Jack in the upper left (hoist) quarter of the flag. On the Union Jack are two yellow five-pointed stars on the vertical stripe and two on the horizontal stripe. In the centre of the Union Jack is a blue disc with another, slightly larger, yellow five-pointed star.

Definition

From the Niue Flag Act 1975: "The Niue National Flag shall be a golden yellow flag, bearing on the upper canton of the hoist thereof the Union Flag, commonly known as the Union Jack, displaying 2 five-pointed yellow stars on the vertical line and on the horizontal line thereof separated by a blue disc containing a larger five-pointed yellow star."[2]

Symbolism

The symbolism represented by the flag is described in the Act. The Union Jack symbolises the protection granted by the United Kingdom in 1900 after petitioning by the Kings and Chiefs of Niue. The yellow field symbolizes "the bright sunshine of Niue and the warm feelings of the Niuean people towards New Zealand and her people."[2] The association with New Zealand, which took over responsibility and administration of Niue in 1901, is also represented by the four small stars that depict the Southern Cross. Finally, the blue disc containing a larger star represents the deep blue sea surrounding the self-governing island of Niue.[2]

See also

References

  1. William Crampton (1994) The World of Flags, Rand Mcnally ISBN 0528837206
  2. "Niue Flag Act 1975" (PDF). Niue Laws. Government of Niue. 2006.
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