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March 9, 2016

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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?

Chief Editor

About Chief Editor

My name is Shem Banbury. I am the owner and Chief Editor of Kiwi Kids News. By day I am a school teacher and by night a wannabe triathlete.


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1

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

2

They made our land so they should own it

3

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

4

keep the old one

5

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

6

Hahaha

8

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.

9

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!

10

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.

11

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!

12

I like our old flag

13

Keep our old flag donkey key

14

Keep old flag!!

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

16

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?!

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current flag

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

19

Keep the old flag.

#oldflag4life

20

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

21

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

22

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

23

leve the old flag

24

i like the old flag

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new one

26

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

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

27

i wouldnt want to change the nz flag for anything

28

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

29

the old flag for new NZ

30

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

31

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

32

keep the old one

33

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

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

34

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

35

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

36

old flag it is a memory of the past

37

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

38

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

39

i pick the old flag hwo give about the new flag

40

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.

41

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

42

new flag

43

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.

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

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

47

I pick the old flag

48

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

49

new flag rules

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KEEP ORIGINAL FLAG!

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

52

Agreed with CURRENT FLAG!!!!!!

53

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

54

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

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Rebecca elloitt

I think the old flag 🙂

56

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

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

58

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

59

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

60

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

61

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

62

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

63

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.

64

I want the new flag!!!

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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.

66

I don't know who copied our flag!

67

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

68

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

69

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.

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

71

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.

72

Most people want the old one from the current comments

73

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.

74

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

75

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

76

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

77

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 !!!!!!!

78

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

79

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

80

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

81

I want the old flag

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

82

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

83

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

84

I want the old flag

85

why would you change the FLAG

86

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

87

i want the current flag