A horizontal bicolour of red over blue. At the centre, a yellow Frigate bird flying over a rising sun of seventeen rays. In the lower half, the first of three wavy lines of white divides the two fields, the others follow on the blue half.
In the months leading up to independence from Great Britain, Kiribati's College of Arms organized a local competition to choose a new design for the National Flag. The chosen design was based of the nation's coat of arms.
The College of Arms modified the design to enlarge the red portion of the design as well as the sun and Frigate bird. Locals were not happy with the modifications and insisted that the College of Arms revert to the proposed design. [Ultimate Pocket: Flags of the World]
The new design was first hoisted in Tawara on 12 July, 1979
The flag is a banner of arms of the coat of arms granted to Gilbert and Ellice Islands, a British colony, in 1937. The Ellice Islands would go on to be come Tuvalu while the Gilbert Islands would become Kiribati. [Wikipedia]