[OPINION] Why I’m voting to keep the flag

I consider myself to be a progressive person. I’m all for democracy, self-determination and all that jazz. While initially I was quite excited about the possibility of new flag for New Zealand, I can tell you now I will be voting to keep the current one.

My biggest gripe is that the suggested replacement is just not up to scratch. It looks like no other flag I’ve ever seen (and I don’t mean that in a good way). Basic tenants of flag design (yes that is a thing) have clearly gone out of the window. None of the four, sorry five, suggested replacements actually look like a flag you could imagine flying say, at the United Nations in New York City.

Secondly, the process has been shambolic. First it was four options, then a fifth ‘red peak’ option hastily added in at the last minute. I do not know where on earth the Flag Consideration Panel came from (bet you they had some wild parties). The whole thing has just felt lacklustre and half-assed from the start. Oh and did I mention it cost upwards of $26m. I know that this is just a drop in the ocean of government spending, but that doesn’t mean I have to be happy about it.

Finally, I’ve come to realise that New Zealand already has a flag of it’s own. People who confuse our current flag with that of Australia either can’t count or are colour blind (and that’s not a crime to be either of those things). Our flag harkens back to the formation of the country and represents our unique position in the world.

Between the current flag and the proposed new ‘flag’, I know how I’ll vote.


One of my fellow authors strongly disagrees and you can read his thoughts in this article.

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