Flag It! People’s Choice Award Winner: Otis Frizzell



Otis Frizzell

Otis Frizzell

Congratulations to Otis Frizzell for winning the Flag It! People’s Choice Award!

“I always thought our flag should have a Maori design element to it. The night sky with the Southern Cross symbolises the early navigators that found their way here. The long white cloud mixes with the turbulent sea. The green is the land and mountains. Aotearoa.”

Otis Frizzell’s flag will be printed by Flagz Group Limited, and flown in Rawene when the exhibition travels north this November. His design was very popular and warmly received by the public. The runners up, who followed closely behind Otis, were Kyle Lockwood and Michael Smythe. 72.5% of people who voted said they would like to change the flag, 16.2% did not want to change the flag and 11.3% were undecided.

The Flag It! opening attracted nearly 300 people including over 100 people who attended the panel discussion with Michael Smythe, Dick Frizzell, Pamela Stirling and Hamish Keith. In total over 1,000 people visited the gallery during the exhibition. Flag It! was covered extensively in the media; including the Weekend Herald, the North Shore Times, Lynn Freeman’s National Radio feature ‘Standing Room Only’ and the Back Benches TV Series.

Kyle Lockwood

Kyle Lockwood

Michael Smythe

Michael Smythe