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[House flag of Air New Zealand] image by Zoltan Horvath, 12 February 2014

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Air New Zealand

In this video (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-26114113[1]) one can see the flag of Air New Zealand (1:48), which is a black horizontal flag with the logo (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Air_NZ_logo_new_2012.png [2]) inverted, that is, logo in white as to its traditional representation.

Air New Zealand began as TEAL (Tasman Empire Airways Limited) in 1940. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_New_Zealand  For additional information go to Air New Zealand (official website): http://www.airnewzealand.com/gateway
Esteban Rivera, 11 February 2014

The logo (i.e., the koru) has always been white. It used to be white on greenish-blue (a pun on the airline's former name of TEAL), but was changed to a darker background (originally dark blue, I think, but now black) several years ago. The koru is often used in black on a white background in advertising, but never that way round on a flag.

A koru, BTW, is a traditional Maori representation of young fern shoot, and is a very common element of Maori design (also found in the Tino Rangatiratanga flag and the Hundertwasser "Koru flag" (<nz!.html#koru>). The koru is the central element of traditional kowhaiwhai designs, used on the rafters of Maori meeting houses (wharenui). For details of some different designs (including the "ngaru" (waves travelled) design that is the basis of the Air New Zealand logo), see http://www.maori.org.nz/whakairo/default.php?pid=sp55&parent=52)
James Dignan, 11 February 2014


Older Flags

[House flag of Air New Zealand] image by Zoltan Horvath, 12 February 2014

I found a short video of previous blue version of Air New Zealand flag: http://shelf3d.com/2WrjnC_PYRc#Air New Zealand Flag.AVI. Please note that different font type was used for letters placed under the Koru emblem. Based on this clip, I draw its previous flag image.
Zoltan Horvath, 12 February 2014

[House flag of Air New Zealand] image by James Dignan, 12 Nov 2005

This image is from memory, so the exact colour and the exact dimensions may not be accurate. As to the flag itself, the white design in the centre of the teal background is a koru, a traditional Maori carving design in the form of stylised fern fronds. Air NZ's koru is shaped like stylised "wind gusts" (and looks to me like a stylised number 4).

I seem to recall I have also seen the flag with the corporate name under the logo, but this is, I'm sure, the more common version. I think it has also been flown in white on dark blue at some point during the company's history, and the company's current logo shows the koru in dark blue on white.
James Dignan, 12 November 2005