New Flag For New Zealand Are Out For Referendum
New Zealand, one of the most peaceful country 2015 has celebrated its country, which is Wellington 150 years celebration. However, instead of the Wellington 150 years celebration or their achievement for most peaceful country 2015, New Zealand still have an important task to deal with : the new flag for New Zealand.
The new flag for New Zealand had been in the spotlight for many decades. People wanted a new Flag as the old one represent the British Colonization and ignoring New Zealand’s Māori population and other ethnic groups, and it looks very similar with Australia’s flag. Therefore, New Zealand government had came up with the decision of changing their Flag in May 2015 as they spread it as Flag Consideration Project.
Since New Zealand’s government announced the idea of new flag for New Zealand, many people had responded negative and took the debate into a funny subject. Many people are also against the campaign of new flag which took $26 million budget towards the spending of flag change. People say that this budget does not going to change the life of a common man, those budget should use for a better purpose. However, this is the forth time for New Zealand to change its flag.
From nearly 10,300 flag design has been submitted, the 12-person flag consideration panel selected the four alternative designs to be voted by New Zealand citizens in 2016. Three of four design of New Flag For New Zealand are using Silver Fern, a species of medium-sized which is an endemic plant of New Zealand. The binding postal referendum of new flag for New Zealand will be held between 20 November 20 and 11 December 2015.
The shortlisted four designs are Silver Fern (Black & White) by Alofi Kanter from Auckland; Koru, by Andrew Fyfe of Wellington; Silver Fern (Red, White and Blue) and Silver Fern (Black, White and Blue), both by Kyle Lockwood, a Wellingtonian now based in Melbourne. The details of each design can be open here.
New Zealanders will vote for the final four designs as postal referendum on 20th November and 11 December. The second phase of referendum will be held on March 2016 which will be a run-off between the current flag and the preferred alternative. In response, people use hashtag #nzflag in social media to express their opinions towards the new Flag.
Can we go for another draw please? #nzflag
— Emma Espiner (@emmawehipeihana) August 31, 2015
— Reid Parker (@ReidParker_) September 2, 2015
In response to negative feedback on social media, National Tamaki MP Simon O’Connor said it was only a few active people expressing negative opinions. He said the most important thing was for New Zealanders to engage in the debate and pick the option they believed captured the country’s “New Zealandness”.