Probably not, unless you live in New Zealand or Australia. Even those of us in New Zealand get confused when we see one of these flags flying at global sporting events. That's one of the reasons why New Zealand is considering changing the flag. It's a very bold move, but people have talked about it for a long time.
Often at sporting events you'll see this silver fern flag representing New Zealand:
It's what all our sporting representatives wear on their uniforms, and is widely known as a symbol for New Zealand.
|Richie McCaw and Dan Carter from the All Blacks|
However, that silver fern flag is not our official flag, but it's being used more and more to represent New Zealand.
Those in power decided we couldn't vote on changing the flag unless we knew what the alternative design was first. About 10,000 designs were submitted to the Flag Consideration Panel. Yesterday they released a long list of 40 designs which you can see in greater detail here.
You might notice that none of these 40 designs have the Union Jack. We are still a member of the Commonwealth, but we trade with many countries now, and don't view our relationship with UK in the same way as we did back in 1904 when our current flag was developed.
The silver fern flag is there on the top right, but it's unlikely to win because it too closely resembles the flag used by a terrorist group in the Middle East - better not type their name here. Many people are saying black is not a good colour for a national flag.
By mid September this list will be reduced to 4 designs. Then we will have a referendum where all voters get to vote for their top choice. In March 2016 we will have another referendum to choose between that single new design and the current flag.
Yes, this is all costing a lot of money, but it's something that's been talked about for ages, and finally it seems we're having a real debate about it and are going to have the chance to vote on it. Personally I quite like this one - it has a bit of the old and a bit of the new:
It also gives you a clue as to which is which at the top of the page. NZ has four stars, and Australia has six.
I'd be interested to know what you think.