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Provincial Flags (Papua New Guinea)

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Recently I found a second-hand copy of PNG: A fact book on modern Papua New Guinea, written by Jackson Rannells, published by Oxford University Press (Melbourne) in 1990. The cover of the book shows the 19 provincial flags of the country in colour, with brief descriptions given inside. Many of these flags are strikingly colourful and have uncommon/traditional images.
David Cohen
, 31 July 1999

I made the images [of the Papua New Guinea provincial flags] several years ago according the outlined drawings from Lucien Philippe in Dr. Günther Mattern's Flaggenmitteilungen [fbn], no. 96, 11 March 1984. His source was magazine New Nation Vol. 6 No. 7 September 1982, published in New Guinea. The drawings are accompanied by some text in French for the colours of the detailed images. If I remember correctly these flags are also shown on the Flags of Paradise flag chart [brt96].
Mark Sensen
, 31 July 1999

The right to have their own symbols (including flags) in Papua New Guinea is determined by The Organic Law on Provincial Governments and Local-level

"9. Provincial Government and Local-level Government symbols and seat of government.
(1) Subject to Subsection (3), a provincial law may make provision for and in respect of:
    (a) the seat of government; and
    (b) a Provincial Government flag; and
    (c) a Provincial Government emblem; and
    (d) a Provincial Government motto; and
    (e) a Provincial Government seal, for the Province.
(2) Subject to Subsection (3), a local-level law may make provision for and in respect of—
    (a) the seat of Government; and
    (b) a Local- level Government flag; and
    (c) a Local- level Government emblem; and
    (d) a Local- level Government motto; and
    (e) a Local- level Government seal, for the area to which the local- level law applies.
(3) The Minister may, where he considers it is in the national interest so to do, disallow any Provincial or Local- level Government flag, emblem or motto."

That means that we should find also the District flags in PNG.

Valentin Poposki, 4 September 2010