Flag of Papua New Guinea
    Papua New Guinea Flag facts
    Designer: Susan Karike
    (now Mrs Susan Huhume)
    Adopted: 1 July 1971
    Proportion (width:length): 3:4






    Papua New Guinea Flag - Information
    The flag of Papua New Guinea is divided diagonally from upper hoist-side corner; the upper triangle is red with a soaring yellow bird of paradise (Kumul) centered; the lower triangle is black with five, white, five-pointed stars of the Southern Cross constellation centered; red, black, and yellow are traditional colors of Papua New Guinea; the bird of paradise - endemic to the island of New Guinea - is an emblem of regional tribal culture and represents the emergence of Papua New Guinea as a nation; the Southern Cross, visible in the night sky, symbolizes Papua New Guinea's connection with Australia and several other countries in the South Pacific




    Papua New Guinea Flag - colors meaning/symbolism
    Red symbolizes bravery (Black, red and yellow are traditional colors in Papua New Guinea)
    Black represents the people of Papua New Guinea
    Bird of Paradise symbolizes Papua New Guinea's emergence into nationhood
    Southern Cross symbolizes Papua New Guinea's connection with Australia and several other countries in the South Pacific
    Yellow represents the mineral wealth of Papua New Guinea


    Papua New Guinea flag history and facts
    The flag of Papua New Guinea was adopted on July 1, 1971. In the hoist, it depicts the Southern Cross; in the fly, a raggiana bird of paradise is silhouetted. The designer of the flag was 15-year-old schoolgirl Susan Huhume, who won a nationwide competition for a new flag design in 1971. Red and black have long been traditional colors of many Papua New Guinean tribes. Black-white-red was the color of the German Empire's flag, which had colonised New Guinea prior to 1918. The bird of paradise is also found on the national coat-of-arms.

    Prior to 1970, Papua New Guinea was known as the Australian Trust Territory of Papua and New Guinea, and its flag for sporting events was the bird of paradise on a green background. In 1970 the Australian Administration tried to introduce another flag, a vertical triband: blue at the hoist with the stars of the Southern Cross (Crux Australis) as in the Australian flag, then yellow, then green with the white bird of paradise in the fly.