some_text

Flag this one. Try again.

March 9, 2016

PASSWORD PROTECTED CONTENT!

To access this page you will need to use the password that your teacher has given you. It is located at the front of your homework booklet.

If you are a teacher and would like to sign up please follow this link – CLICK HERE


I want to make something very clear at the start of this article: I think New Zealand should have a new flag.

But, and I want to make this very clear too, I don’t want New Zealand to have the flag that is up against our current one in the flag referendum – or, for that matter, any of the other designs.

So, why have a new flag? Because we are our own country, with our own people and our history. Yes, Great Britain (and the having the Union Flag on our flag is part of that) shares a significant part of our history – but so do other nations and many, many other people.

I like the stars of the southern cross. I like the blue background. I want a simple flag with two or three colours only that you don’t need to explain to people. If you have to explain it, then it’s not simple enough – one of the issues with the Red Peak design. Once you have to say that this bit means this, and having this on it is for this reason, and the blue is for blah blah blah, and the green is because of the blah, then it’s too complicated.

I want a flag that is instantly recognisable the world over. The silver fern and the All Blacks are known as being from New Zealand. But so is the kiwi, and so is a pair of jandals. You wouldn’t want a pair of jandals or some gumboots on the national flag. Why do we have to have a silver fern on a black background on our flag? It’s like having Marmite or Lorde’s face on it – it’s on the flag simply because it’s from New Zealand and everyone knows it.

The new flag needs to drop the British reference and, instead, include Maori. It needs, therefore, a koru or something else that clearly symbolises our unique cultural heritage.

Unfortunately, the new New Zealand flag hasn’t been designed yet. But when it is, everyone will – without any explanation needed – recognise it and realise that it’s the flag we’ve all been waiting for. Until then, let’s not settle for second best. Because, if we choose to get rid of our current flag, we’ll be stuck for a very, very long time with a poor option.

Let real experts and designers spend the next ten years or so working on this properly and then we’ll look again when they’ve got something outstanding to consider.

Wait, New Zealand. Flag this referendum and stay with what we’ve currently got.


Article written by Ben Egerton

This is an opinion-based article designed to provoke debate, discussion and further inquiry
amongst your students:


Critical Thinking Challenges:

1. Why do countries need flags?

2. Australia’s colours are green and gold when taking part in sport; New Zealand’s colours are black and silver. None of these colours appears on the national flags. Why is this?

3. By the time it’s finished, the flag referendum will have cost over $25 million. Defend the spending of this amount of money.

4. Should we wait until we have a better design? If so, how long should we wait?


Practical Tasks:

1. Design your own flag.

2. Look at a book of flags or search for them online. What kinds of designs are there? Can you guess the country that the flag is from by what’s on it? What – if any – is the relationship between the colours and designs on a flag and its particular country?

3. South Africa changed its flag not so long ago. Find out the reasons why they decided to change. Explore the process and thinking behind it. Can New Zealand learn anything from how and why South Africa changed their flag?

About Ben

Hi my name is Ben. I write the feature articles on the Kiwi Kids News website. In my spare time I play hockey, ride my bike, and walk my dog (though not at the same time).


Comments are closed.

87 comments

by Oldest
by Best by Newest by Oldest
1

i want the current flag

2

TOTALLY THE NEW FLAG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

3

why would you change the FLAG

4

I want the old flag

5

i think that the old flag should stay because it is part of history.

6

I love new goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooonew!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

7

I want the old flag

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

8

I think we should change our flag we have spent so much money to get that flag so we should just go with the flag then we spent all that money for a good resone

9

I think the old flag is part of nz history, keep the old one i reckon

10

well I want to keep the flag we have because new zealand fought for that flag in WW1 and WW2

11

we should not even be changing it because we could of used that money on buliding new houses for people who don't have any and for people who have damp moldy houses that could be fixed !!!!!!!

12

old flag! (why spend all that money on a flag no one like!)

13

I think we shouldn't change our flag because I like our flay how it is

14

People wasting our money just over a and better flag who cares.

15

In my opinion we should definitely change our flag to the one with the fern I think, it looks really great and everyone knows the fern wherever you are in the world.We are new nation and should reflect us as NZers.

16

Most people want the old one from the current comments

17

its a waste of money to change our flag. like that money could go to the homeless or help out the lifeguard's. so what is the point in changing the flag.

18

OLD FLAG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

19

Why spend $28 million on a flag when it can be used for schools and doctors etc. Plus the old flag should stay because there is so much history behind it and also it represents our country. Also the anzacs Fought under it to give freedom to our country. That's why I think it should stay. I also don't like John Key!! Us kids, our parents, their parents and so on were born under it.

20

I vote old!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

21

I think we should change the flag because it is tooooooooo simalar to the Aussie's flag!

22

I don't know who copied our flag!

23
CURRENT FLAG!!!!

union jack is part of nz john keys a jerk and he needs to be kicked. And all of that money wasted is just horrific and a total waste!! we need the 25,000,000 dollars for schooling, medical works and making nz a better place not just a stupid flag. Any way the "new" flag looks like a joke. it does not look professional at all. the design looks horrible, like a 5 year old drew it. The current flag or "old" flag is in our history! it looks professional and it looks like we spent time on it not just handing in your S.A. papers on the last minute when you haven't even finishes it. Just russiling up something not edited or published, like what the so called " new " flag is. and anyway if the current flag does over power the "new" flag John Key will just make his own chose and we will have a new flag.

24

I want the new flag!!!

25

Keep the old flag everyone is up in arm about housing, poverty and other problems facing New Zealand which need over 1 million dollars to fund yet we can afford 24 million for a flag barely anyone likes.

26

Just saying, all the money has been spent, I do like the old flag though.

27

I want to keep the current flag because our ancestors fought wars with that flag on there chest and that we had our flag before Aussie so if its too closes to there flag they copied us. We also need to keep the union jack on our flag because we are part of the British empire

28

Personly i think it should change because ww1 and ww2 are over now and its not that much anyway GO NEW FLAG!! and we have nothing to do with britan anyways

29

i want new flag because we have nothing to do with britan

30

i think john key is a egg because he is trying to change the fames new zealand flag.

31

That is a "Sliver fern flag" I want that flag because it's awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

32

I want this flag!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

33

I think the old flag 🙂

34

we had it first the Aussies copied us (although i'm Aussie)

35

yeah not really interested I don't really care about political issues I would rather just keep the same flag so problems don't arise but yeah that's all I have to say

36

Agreed with CURRENT FLAG!!!!!!

37

KEEP THE ORIGINAL FLAG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

38

KEEP ORIGINAL FLAG!

40

I think we should keep our old flag because we had it when we had war and we celebrated ANZAC with it.

41

I pick the old flag

43

it hink we keep flag cause that

could be 26 million dollers that could got to tokids

who have cancer being child abused

and kids witth no dad and mum

44

I WHAT TO KEEP THE CURRENT FLAG BECAUSE IT IS FULL OF MEMORIES AND IT WAS THERE WHEN WE WENT TO WAR.THE CURRENT FLAG REPRESENTS OUR PAST AND A REMINDER OF WHERE WE ARE GOING IN THE FUTURE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

45

We need to change it,the government already paid money for this if we don't change the flag the government would have paid money for nothing all this for nothing plus we need a new flag because there a lot of countries with a British flag on the top left we need to look different from other flags.

47

The moneys already been spent and they didn't fight under the flag they fought for the country and Commonwealth

48

This article is kind of bad because they are trying to convince you to stay with the old/current flag and I'm pretty sure it is illegal to try to convince people on a vote.

49

i pick the old flag hwo give about the new flag

50

I saw happy because I like your Flag and 1 of the fact

51

Old flag!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!because it waste of money I'm confused??????

52

old flag it is a memory of the past

53

if we get the new flag its silly cause that flag will have no history behind it whatsoever

54

THE NEW FLAGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

55

NEW FLAG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

NEW HISTORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

57

We should change the flag because some of us sometimes get confused with the Australian flag being the New Zealand flag.

58

I Think we should change it, the current flag is actually our third flag, and on the soilders graves it has a fern.

59

the old flag for new NZ

60

I think we should keep the flag because people way back in the army fort with the flag and Australia should change their flag because we had ours 40 years before them they just copied us

61

i wouldnt want to change the nz flag for anything

62

DEFINITELY NEW FLAG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

NEW FLAG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

63

new one

64

i like the old flag

65

leve the old flag

66

I think that we shod keep the flag because we went to war and we are now in for are flag and my great great grand dad fort in war and me was a bomer and his name is George and my name is George to so that is y we SHOD KEEP THE FLAG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

67

Keep the flag because we are now in for are flag and my great great Grand dad is called George and he was a bomer in war so that is y we shod keep the FLAG !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

68

I think we should keep the current flag because it represents our country. Anyway, John key is a jerk!!! because he thinks we should change the flag. KEEP THE CURRENT FLAG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

69

Keep the old flag.

#oldflag4life

70

I think we should keep the old flag because it was in the war d

71

current flag

72

I think I like the current flag, but there is only 1 problem if they keep the current flag, imagine how many history books do they have to change?!

73

All the people who like the old flag are the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!'!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

74

Keep old flag!!

75

Keep our old flag donkey key

76

I like our old flag

77

I like both of the flags in different ways the old one is good because it was their in the war but it is to much like the Australian flag and a lot of people get mixed up with the two. anyway I still think we should keep the flag we have!

78

New flag for crying out loud!!! although i do kind of agree with lilly. Also on read peak the white stands for the snowy mountains, The blue stands for our skys, The red stands for the pohutikawa or a marae and the black stands for matariki. & as well you can make red peak with half a star on the old flag and part of the maori flag.

79

It's true that we probably do need to change our flag but the Black and Blue Silver Fern Flag is horrible!

It looks too much like the All Black symbol and it doesn't reflect our Maori heritage.

So for now, we should keep the old flag!

80

I like the flag used in the thumbnail of the article better than all of the other ones because it shows good use of colours and the silver fern as well as the southern cross.

82

Hahaha

83

I love the new flag i want it and it is really good looking but yea it needs to envolve moari

84

keep the old one

85

Why did they not have the new flag i don't want to include the union jack because they don't own us and just include the moari

86

They made our land so they should own it

87

yes we need a new flag but is it worth it I mean all that money wasted on a flag!!!

Dictionary
  • dictionary
  • Kiwi Kids News

Double click on any word on the page or type a word:

Powered by dictionarist.com