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New Zealand picks new flag design that will challenge current flag in March vote

This undated illustration provided by the New Zealand Government shows a flag design; Silver Fern (Black, White and Blue) by Kyle Lockwood. Final results from a postal ballot were announced Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015. The winning design features a silver fern and red stars on a black and blue background. The new design will now go head-to-head against the current flag in a national vote that will be held in March. (New Zealand Government via AP)

This undated illustration provided by the New Zealand Government shows a flag design; Silver Fern (Black, White and Blue) by Kyle Lockwood. Final results from a postal ballot were announced Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015. The winning design features a silver fern and red stars on a black and blue background. The new design will now go head-to-head against the current flag in a national vote that will be held in March. (New Zealand Government via AP)  (The Associated Press)

New Zealanders chose a new flag design Tuesday but the question now is whether enough people will rally behind it to oust the current flag.

Final results from a postal ballot were announced. The winning design features a silver fern and red stars on a black and blue background. The new design will now go head-to-head against the current flag in a national vote in March.

The winning design has similarities to the current flag but ditches the British Union Jack in favor of the fern, which has become a national symbol and is worn by many sports teams, including the beloved All Blacks rugby team.

New Zealanders earlier submitted more than 10,000 designs as they contemplated a change in their national symbol.