An independent panel in charge of choosing a new flag for New Zealand has released the longlist of 40 designs to the public.Nearly 10,300 were submitted to a government website for consideration before being whittled down by the 16 members of the independent members of the panel.The panel will now select a shortlist of four to be put to a public vote in a referendum at the end of the year.

An independent panel in charge of choosing a new flag for New Zealand has released the longlist of 40 designs to the public.Nearly 10,300 were submitted to a government website for consideration before being whittled down by the 16 members of the independent members of the panel.The panel will now select a shortlist of four to be put to a public vote in a referendum at the end of the year.