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Inspired by the New Zealand flag competition my home town Kaiapoi has
opened a flag competition for a flag to represent it. The competition opened
on December 6th 2015 and was due to run until December 21st but has been
extended to run until January 29th 2016. The criteria for the flag design was
that the flag include elements of Kaiapoi's history and heritage or geography.
The winning flag would be 65 cm x 150 cm and would be announced at Kaiapoi on
Waitangi Day February 6th (Waitangi Day being New Zealand's national day).
Competition details can be found on
https://www.facebook.com/YouMeWeUsKaiapoi or entry forms can be obtained
from Harcourts Kaiapoi, 154 Williams Street, Kaiapoi 7630, Canterbury, New
John Moody, 9 January 2016
It was a happy and expectant crowed that gathered at Kaiapoi's Trousselt Park
to celebrate New Zealand's national day (Waitangi Day) but also to witness the
unfurling of Kaiapoi's new flag. Jackie Watson,who is Chairperson for
Kaiapoi-Tuahiwi Community Board officiated at the ceremony. In her speech the
design of the flag was outlined along with the people who contributed to its
design (three people had their flag designs combined/amalgamated to form the
At a little after 10.12 a.m. New Zealand time the new Kaiapoi flag was raised to the applause of the crowd. Jackie Watson was assisted at the unfurling ceremony by You/Me/Us member Brent Cairns who raised the flag. You/Me/Us is a Kaiapoi community organisation and organised the Kaiapoi flag competition held in late 2015 to early 2016.
The company involved in making the flag was Colourworx Dye Sublimation based in Auckland. It is interesting that the sewn seam on the hoist of the flag was black not white.
John Moody, 18 February 2017
This flag is an amalgamation of three designs forwarded in the recent Kaiapoi
flag competition. The flag is a bicolour of blue over yellow (Kaiapoi's
colours), in its centre a white K for Kaiapoi. Superimposed over the K in the
centre of the flag is a black bridge, this is Kaiapoi's iconic swing bridge
which spans the river Kaiapoi. The artist was John Murphy.
John Moody, 27 March 2017