New Zealand Narrows New Flag Options to 40
Winner will go head-to-head with existing flag
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 12, 2015 1:00 AM CDT
This image released by the New Zealand Flag Consideration Project shows 40 designs being considered as the new flag for New Zealand.   (New Zealand Flag Consideration Project via AP)

(Newser) – New Zealand is in the middle of creating the world's first crowdsourced national flag, and it has been given plenty to choose from: More than 10,000 were submitted from around the world, and a government-appointed panel has narrowed it down to 40, most of them featuring national emblems like the Southern Cross or silver ferns, the AP reports. Rejected designs included a kiwi bird shooting lasers from its eyes, reports the Guardian. When the flag panel has narrowed the number of designs to four, there will be a national referendum to pick the favorite, followed by a vote in which the winner will go head-to-head with the existing flag, which Prime Minister John Key wants to get rid of.