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New Zealand Red Ensign


The New Zealand Red Ensign, adopted in 1903, is based on the British Red Ensign.

The Union Jack appears in the first quarter, and the Southern Cross, represented by four five-pointed white stars, is featured in the fly. This flag was flown on New Zealand merchant ships during both world wars.

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