New Zealand’s new flag
So New Zealanders have been getting creative, showing their artistic flare and coming up with ideas for a new flag. The idea of change is backed by the confusion between our flag and the Australians one, some feeling the union jack representing our ties with Great Britain is passed its used by date or just wanting a new design to better represent the New Zealand of today. Those against argue for the history it holds or that soldiers died fighting under it or some of them are just against the idea because they don’t like John Key, our Prime Minister who started the process. The nation is divided over it though. Facebook, twitter and talk back radio are a buzz with heated debate.
The process itself could be seen as very democratic with everybody given a chance to submit a design online. Over 10,000 flag designs were submitted. From this a flag panel of 12 had the job of touring NZ to get an idea of what people were after and then narrowing the submissions down to a final four. A referendum will then let people choose which creation they like the most. The final step is then to put this chosen flag up against the original one in another referendum. After this New Zealand may or may not end up with a new flag. Below are the final four.
Top requests for the flag were the silver fern, southern cross and Maori Koru designs. Despite this I thought I would take this opportunity to share with you some of the other amazing and creative designs that were submitted by talented kiwis.
Even John Oliver, who has taken the opportunity to poke fun at New Zealanders several times, has given his view on the New flag options.
If you want to take a look at the many other funny designs that were submitted then a quick google search will reveal many more.