I hoped for Red Peak but on reflection the outcome was appropriate. I liked Red Peak because it was modern, intelligent, innovative, bold and progressive. For me it represented the NZ I aspire to have. The artwork and the narrative that quickly grew around Red Peak, revealed what it might become for NZ.
But in truth the Kyle Lockwood flags best capture contemporary New Zealand. They represent minimum viable change. They are virtually an unadulterated cut and paste of the all blacks logo over the union jack on the current flag. In some ways the Kyle Lockwood flags represent no change at all, which is why they got through.
I hope Red Peak can now become a standard for those who aspire to realise NZ's potential, and create something better.