New Zealand’s Flag Debate

I am guessing that New Zealand is one of those “distant” countries that one either follows or one doesn’t.  Probably because of rugby and cricket (and a favourite uncle who disappeared there decades ago), I choose to follow events over there. Thus it is that I have been intrigued by New Zealand’s debate over a new flag.

Many people like the current Kiwi flag:

NZ flag


But a million and a half New Zealanders voted in a contest to select an alternative. The winner:

New NZ flag


There will be a binding referendum in March to choose between the two. I have no dog in the fight (though I definitely prefer the fern to the Union Jack) but I love the fact the people will make the decision.  Back in the 1960s during Canada’s “Great Flag Debate”, the decision was entirely in the hands of the elite.

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