The Star Fern Flag was designed by Dr Barry McDonald, a university lecturer from Auckland.
Barry is a fourth generation New Zealander whose forebears first arrived in Otago in 1863. His ancestory is Scottish and English.
Barry teaches statistical research methods, and the flag was developed as a hobby using the New Zealand-made computer program 'R'.
Barry also wrote the poem 'Just by Heaven's Door' as an attempt to articulate some common New Zealand values. The music accompanying the song was composed by his wife, and the Video shows the song being sung at a school assembly by their daughter C.
The photo at right is copyright 2007 Massey University. Used by permission