The field of designs has been reduced to 40 from 10,000. Some feel the current flag is too similar to the Australian flag. The final design must incorporate at least 1 of 3 features: the koru, the silver fern and/or the Southern Cross. The government has told the finalists, "A great flag should be distinctive and so simple it can be drawn by a child from memory. A great flag is timeless and communicates swiftly and potently the essence of the country it represents. A flag should carry sufficient dignity to be appropriate for all situations in which New Zealanders might be represented. It should speak to all Kiwis." I thought that was an interesting take on flag design. Especially the comment about able to be drawn easily by a child.