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New Zealand's New Flag

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Kiwi's are voting on a new flag, and have chosen a round one winner and very nice it is too!
3 years ago, December 11th 2015 No: 1 Msg: #194428  
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BBC Report

I really hope it does become New Zealand's new flag, or something similar. Seems much more representative of the country and people I saw back in 2003.

What do you think? Reply to this

3 years ago, December 11th 2015 No: 2 Msg: #194433  
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I'm one of those Kiwis who voted in that first binding referendum, and I did vote for the flag above out of the five options.

I'm still undecided which way I will go in the second referendum next year - but I felt that should the flag change, I at least wanted a say in which it would change to. There was a decent number who were asking people to either not vote first time round, or to invalidate their voting paper by ranking all the same, crossing them all out etc.

The preliminary winner doesn't surprise me - from the general talk and social media 'campaigns' that was the one which seemed to have the most support. All five flags have been flown recently at a number of public buildings in the country, to enable them to be seen in action. In official arenas all five were supposed to be given equal exposure, and for the most part they were. In the private sector it was game on, and of those that chose to fly their chosen flag 'Red Peak' was most visible.

The timing - intended as a TPPA distraction? The cost for the referendum process alone - more than 25 million NZD.

If the flag does change, are we going to see you back down this way again Ali? ;-) Reply to this

3 years ago, January 6th 2016 No: 3 Msg: #194766  

3 years ago, January 6th 2016 No: 4 Msg: #194767  
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Says something about how multicultural NZ is, with the official explanation of all the flag options being available on the government site (above) in 26 languages. Reply to this

3 years ago, January 7th 2016 No: 5 Msg: #194771  
I like it.

Great to see the 5 alternatives.

Fingers crossed Australia will follow our Kiwi brothers & sisters and allow us to vote for our new flag sooner rather than later. Reply to this

3 years ago, January 7th 2016 No: 6 Msg: #194788  
And even before that the 40 (turned 39 options): 39 Long List

Love the final winner -- beautiful selection! Reply to this

3 years ago, January 7th 2016 No: 7 Msg: #194793  
In response to: Msg #194788

The Long List shows how hard the final selection must have been. I liked the fern on a black background as it's a NZ image well known. But when it's your national flag...not so easy. Reply to this

3 years ago, January 10th 2016 No: 8 Msg: #194824  
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How would you have voted?

Here's your chance to unofficially have your say. Rate the options from 1 - 6, with 6 being your preferred choice and 1 being your least favourite. We'll keep the polling booth open until about a week before the official second referendum in March.

- Keep the current flag
- Silver Fern (Black, White, Blue)
- Red Peak
- Koru
- Silver Fern (Black and White)
- Silver Fern (Red, White, Blue) Reply to this

3 years ago, January 10th 2016 No: 9 Msg: #194836  
Ooh -- yay -- we get to vote! Love the fern the most! 😉

6 - Silver Fern (Red, White, Blue)
5 - Silver Fern (Black, White, Blue)
4 - Silver Fern (Black and White)
3 - Koru
2 - current flag
1 - Red Peak
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3 years ago, January 10th 2016 No: 10 Msg: #194837  
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Woohoo! Here's my vote:

6 - Silver Fern (Black and White)
5 - Silver Fern (Black, White, Blue)
4 - Silver Fern (Red, White, Blue)
3 - Koru
2 - Red Peak
1 - Keep the current flag
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3 years ago, January 11th 2016 No: 11 Msg: #194843  
6 - Silver Fern (Black and White)
5 - Silver Fern (Black, White, Blue)
4 - Silver Fern (Red, White, Blue)
3 - Koru
2 - current flag
1 - Red Peak Reply to this

3 years ago, January 14th 2016 No: 12 Msg: #194891  
6 - Silver Fern (Black and White)
5 - Silver Fern (Black, White, Blue)
4 - Silver Fern (Red, White, Blue)
3 - Koru
2 - Red Peak
1 - Current flag Reply to this

3 years ago, January 17th 2016 No: 13 Msg: #194940  
It's interesting to see red peak being at or near the bottom in all your choices. It was given so much media coverage. The fern is already a well known symbol of nz so incorporating it into a flag does mean it will be recognised quickly. I'm torn though. While a new flag that is unique to here would be good, it's all taking a lot of money that this little country could be spending on more important things. I am glad though that we all get our say. Reply to this

3 years ago, March 18th 2016 No: 14 Msg: #195732  
6 - Silver Fern (Black and White)
5 - Silver Fern (Black, White, Blue)
4 - Silver Fern (Red, White, Blue)
3 - Koru
2 - current flag
1 - Red Peak Reply to this
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3 years ago, March 24th 2016 No: 15 Msg: #195787  

3 years ago, March 28th 2016 No: 16 Msg: #195820  
In response to: Msg #195787

Jo,
Was the Silver Fern (Black and White) in the final voting?
If it was a TB vote. it would have romped in!
Real worry for the future of a change to Australia's flag that New Zealanders voted their existing flag to stay. Reply to this

3 years ago, March 28th 2016 No: 17 Msg: #195824  
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The one at the top of the thread was the flag the current one was up against.

The first referendum was to decide if the flag was changed, which one it would change to. Then it became a two horse race. Reply to this

3 years ago, March 28th 2016 No: 18 Msg: #195826  
In response to: Msg #195824

Thanks Jo,

The TB vote for Silver Fern (Black and White) could have changed history in a parallel universe, but not to be.

Life is like that! Reply to this

3 years ago, March 29th 2016 No: 19 Msg: #195833  
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The vote was much closer than I expected given early opinion. A lot of people did seem to warm later to the idea of changing it. Reply to this

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