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image by Arnaud Leroy, 30 August 2008
The image above [a British blue ensign with stylised Atiu coat of arms surrounded by red stars/triangles fimbriated white - ed.] is the flag that was passed by the Atiu Island Council in the year 2000 as
the official Atiu Flag. Apparently there are other versions about.
Arnaud Leroy, 30 August 2008
image by John Walters and Santiago Dotor
John Walters, the Government of the Cook Islands webmaster, wrote me, "There is, incidentally, a flag for Atiu. If you like I can send you a gif of it." I answered him, asking for the Atiu flag image and asking about any other current flags in the Cook Islands. John Walters sent a gif of what appeared to be a coat-of-arms, with a transparent background. I therefore sent the following questions:
Perhaps the Arms were sent instead of the flag by mistake? Or does the Atiu flag show that coat-of-arms on a plain background? If so, what colour is the background? And if indeed this is the flag, are those the height:width proportions (293:250)? Or is the flag actually 1:2 (height:width) with the coat-of-arms centred? And in this case, what size would the coat-of-arms have with respect to the height of the flag?To which he firstly answered, "Background is a pale blue. Proportions are exact.", but shortly afterwards, "You are right. There is only one flag for the Cook Islands. The Atiu emblem is the crest of Atiu." In summary, there is no Atiu flag, only an emblem or crest i.e. a coat-of-arms.