NZ Flag Change Debate
Having just gone through a really huge referendum in New Zealand, we sat back and had a little bit of a reflection on what went wrong, and why we haven't got a new flag today.
To put our cards on the table, we are pro change. As much as we love everything about New Zealand, we have never felt like the flag represents NZ accurately. The Union Jack is symbolic of the United Kingdom and the colours of the current flag were inherited from that. NZ has changed, and we have always thought the flag should reflect that change.
That said...the flag change had to be about democracy, so our personal opinion is no more relevant than anyone else. This was a massive opportunity for the country and the process itself may have ruined the end result. So...this is how we would have done it.
Once all of the above has happened, then you'll be left with a flag that is far more likely to be accepted for change. A panel of diverse individuals and cross section of NZ society will have chosen the final options, the public won't be rebelling because of a terribly expensive process...and the flag, importantly, will have been professionally designed. These are the keys to success.
So, we feel a massive opportunity has been missed, and we put it completely down to a process that took democracy too far. How do you feel about it all?
For the record - if the black and white sporting silver fern is completely off the cards, we would have gone for the option at the top of this page. It looks good, it removes the UK flag and replaces it with our most prominent symbol, it keeps the red that is associated with Maori, the blue of our ocean and heritage (darker though - closer to our National colour of black), and the Southern Cross of our old flag. But you know....why on earth would we go for something inclusive, good looking and simple?