The debate over a change in NZ flag is heating up as the clock ticks down to the unpopular $26 million referendum.
There are only two flags on offer – the present (much loved) flag is the favoured design by two thirds of voters. The outsider is a new offering from Lockwood Smith. The latter has a blue and black design: variously described as a ‘tea towel‘ or ‘corporate logo‘ with a white fern, white feather or ponytail design across it.
If you want to follow public opinion on the flag change debate, a bunch of Twitter hashtags have been made. You could try #nzflag, the inevitable but clever #PonyTailTeaTowel, John Key’s #vanityproject, #nochange or #nzpol.
Last Friday the runner-up design began to make an offical roll-out across the land, with a sighting on Auckland’s harbour bridge (above): a place traditionally reserved for flags of great importance. It was approved by transport Minister Simon Bridges, much to the chagrin of MP Winston Peters who accused National of acting like an “ad agency“. Given the ‘corporate’ design of the flag perhaps he’s not wrong.
Other places the flag has been spotted flying include the Anchor Inn in Kaikoura, where Lyn and Paul Meikle (below) are happy to display both options, as published by the Kaikoura Star…
However, many Kaikoura locals appear to be against the change, thinking that the whole process is a huge waste of money. Money that could have been spent on far more worthy endeavors.
The flag has also been spotted flying in Wellington
and even the Carterton library
but perhaps the best sighting was this one, caught beneath a bridge ‘somewhere in NZ’