The flag of Niue consists of a yellow field with the Union Jack in the top left-hand corner. This Union Jack contains a yellow five-pointed star in the middle, encircled in blue, with four additional yellow stars forming a diamond around the central star. This flag was given official status on 15 October 1975 and the specific design is stated in the 1975 Niue Flag Act.
The Union Jack is a nod to the former colonial past of the country, although this Union Jack design is unique to Niue. The yellow colouring of the flag is symbolic of the sunshine in the country as well as signifying warm relations with New Zealand. The central star in the Union Jack on this flag is said to represent Niuean independence. The blue circle surrounding this star is a symbol of the ocean surrounding the nation. The four outer stars symbolise the Southern Cross constellation which is a common theme on Oceanic flags.
The designer of this flag is unknown but the 1975 Niue Flag Act lays out the blueprint accurately. This act stipulates that the Niue National Flag be golden yellow in color and feature a Union Jack on the side. It also states that there should be yellow five-pointed stars within the Union Jack. Many have seen the design as somewhat of a tribute to the flag of New Zealand while maintaining a distinctly Niuean flavour.
Previous flags of the country include the flags of New Zealand and the United Kingdom. New Zealand took over the administrative duties of Niue from the United Kingdom in 1901 and the country flew the flag of New Zealand until 1975. While a British Protectorate (1900-1901), the flag of the United Kingdom was prominently flown in the small country.
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