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[ Wellington, New Zealand ] image by Jens Pattke, 6 March 2016

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Description of the Flag

The flag is yellow with a black St George Cross and the badge of the city in the middle.
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Jens Pattke, 6 March 2016

Wellington City Council "Absolutely Positively Wellington" flag

[Wellington City Council] image by Jens Pattke, 10 November 2012
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Source image located by Vanja Poposki, 10 November 2012

Port Flags

First flag

[Wellington Harbour Board] image contributed by Neale Rosanoski, 11 October 2010

The Wellington Harbour Board was formed 1.1.1880 and the flag was dark blue with a white circle bearing the Arms in simplified form. These were - a dark brown anchor with 2 vertical blue stripes towards either end of the cross bar, a blue cod between 2 yellow stars and a yellow crown embattled of 4 points with white lines of mortar and a red base and underneath a blue scroll with the white motto "FIRME DUM FIDE" i.e. the colours from the actual Arms seen above, though the fish seems to have got lost in the flap.
Neale Rosanoski, 11 October 2010

[Wellington Harbour Board] image contributed by Neale Rosanoski, 11 October 2010

The ensign deletes the scroll and a larger image of the latter's charge where I have enhanced the colours with the details recorded from an actual flag seen in the Wellington Maritime Museum. The "cod" has been described elsewhere as being a "dolphin" but the company in correspondence have so described it as "cod". The ensign was used by the Board's floating plant.
Neale Rosanoski, 11 October 2010

Port of Wellington flags

[Wellington Harbour Board] image contributed by Neale Rosanoski, 11 October 2010

In 1988 the New Zealand harbour boards were turned into companies, in this case it became Port of Wellington Ltd. Their logo from their letterhead represented the geographic shape of New Zealand with Wellington as the hub of trade and the upper "North Island" was coloured gold with the rest of the logo blue.
Neale Rosanoski, 11 October 2010

[Wellington Harbour Board] [Wellington Harbour Board]images by Neale Rosanoski, 11 October 2010

The logo appeared on a white flag except that the North Island was also coloured blue. Two different sized versions were made. For their building the flag had proportions of 1x2 and was flown 7 days a week between 0800 and 1700. The 2nd "storm" version was 3x4 in accordance with international standards on account of their not flogging themselves to death so quickly in the wind and stiffening out better with less droop ion the fly and thus being easier to read. This was flown by all vessels when manned during daylight hours [information received from the company 11.11.1994 in which their examples show the lettering being all in upper case whereas their actual logo and all flags seen have been a mixture of upper and lower case so I have assumed that the portrayals in their letter have made an error in this point) and was sighted being flown by a tug in 5/1997.
Neale Rosanoski, 11 October 2010

[Wellington Harbour Board] image by Neale Rosanoski, 11 October 2010

On 14.9.1995 I took a photo of their flag flying at their gate entrance to the wharves which appeared to be nearer the normal rectangle with the words reduced to "Port Wellington". Another photo 17.10.1996 at the same place showed the "long" version but that could be a case of using up old stock.
Neale Rosanoski, 11 October 2010

CentrePort Ltd.

[Wellington Harbour Board]images by Neale Rosanoski, 11 October 2010

In 1999 the company rebranded itself to its current CentrePort Ltd. with a new restyled logo [same origins of a representation of NZ, company name and where they are located for anyone who is lost and which the company itself used for a while until its new brand became better known] and flag again with different colours between the logos and flag but the flag being confirmed by a photo from one of the tugs as white with a blue and gold symbol and black lettering. It would appear that the "storm" version was done away with seeing that this a "long" flag but in fact over the period there were very few occasions on which the tugs were seen flying a flag so the sighting in 5/1999 was probably a lucky coincidence relating to their new name change [previous day] celebrations.
Neale Rosanoski, 11 October 2010

Wellington Phoenix (Yellow Fever)

In A-league football in Australia, in general, each club has one semi-official fan flag, which is usually simply the team's badge places in the centre of a background in the colour or colours of the team's playing strip. Not all of the 11 teams in the league seem to have these "unofficial official" flags, but many do. Of the eleven teams in the league, the most organised supporters' club is almost certainly the Yellow Fever, the supporters of Wellington Phoenix (the only New Zealand side in the league). The yellow fever have their own banner-like flag, and at all home games one section of the ground has quite a large number of these "Yellow army flags". The flags are taller than they are wide, and contain a fairly odd image in the centre: a moustache and hair. Club manager, Ricki Herbert was - as a player - a member of the 1982 national team, the first New Zealand side ever to qualify for the FIFA world cup. At that time, he wore shoulder-length hair and moustache, as was common at the time. The flag shows Herbert's hair as it appeared in 1982!
James Dignan, 18 February 2011

Wellington Sea-Rescue Service

An article by Günter Mattern [mar87]: "Flags of National Life-Boat Societies", issued in the [icv85] Communicaciones, XI Congreso Internacional de Vexilologia, Madrid, 26-31 Mayo 1985, pp. 125-135 mentions the Wellington Sea-Rescue Service - "uses an emblem, in orange a black wave with an emergency rocket emerging. Probably the emblem is shown in the orange flag of the society." Not illustrated by Mattern, and I found nothing on-line. It may have merged with NZ Coastguard by now.
Željko Heimer, 29 August 2017