The New Zealand Flag Referendum
March 19, 2016 3:59pm CST
At the moment New Zealand is in the midst of a referendum, deciding whether we want to keep our current flag, shown above, or to change to a design voted on in a previous referendum last year. At the moment, about half way through the poll, the vote is in favour of retaining the old flag. I certainly know that most people I know prefer to keep our existing flag at this stage. However, there is also quite a bit of support for the new design. One thing the referendum has done is create a lot of discussion about what it means to be a New Zealander, or a Kiwi as we tend to be called. I guess it doesn't hurt a nation to examine its beliefs and how it views itself, even though this and the previous referendum have cost a lot of money that could more usefully have been spent elsewhere.
24 people like this
• Manchester, England
19 Mar 16
I always consider it a sad occasion if a country changes it's flag, which is an integral part of a country's heritage and history/ The only acceptable exceptions are those like the USA, where it has changed each time a new state has been accepted.
• Newcastle Upon Tyne, England
20 Mar 16
@valmnz yes, there must be something in the air as we vote this year to decide if we want to remain in the eu. It's not quite the same as changing your flag, but I guess it does reflect how European people feel.
• United States
21 Mar 16
What is the point other than as you said cost your country more money that would be better spent elsewhere? It costs money to change flags and or anything else that has that symbol of your nation on it. And then once it's changed then what?
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Mar 16
I like flags that show more than just bands of different colour - so I like the Aussie and NZ flags. I thought some of the designs with the fern were nice - and the fern says 'New Zealand' just like the maple leaf says 'Canada'.