The New Zealand national flag may soon have a different look as New Zealanders place their vote on changing their countries representation.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister John Key stated his plans to have a referendum over the course of the next three years. Opponents of the prime minister also agree with the plan and have announced that they will follow through even if Key is not re-elected this year.
As it is right now, the New Zealand national flag has a Southern Cross star in red that is located on the right and has Britain’s Union Jack flag in the top left corner. Many citizens of New Zealand feel that this flag bares too many similarities with Australia’s and does not symbolize the country’s independence from Britain.
During his announcement on Tuesday, Key stated:
“The flag remains dominated by the Union Jack in a way that we ourselves are no longer dominated by the United Kingdom.Fifty years on, I can’t imagine many Canadians would, if asked, choose to go back to the old flag.”
John Key declared his plans to have a group of lawmakers from all political parties join together in a referendum before 2017. While Key and his postulates feel strongly about this issue, some in the opposition feel that it is not relevant and the flag is fine as it is.
New Zealand National Flag Gets the Vote.