Hugh Jackman says it's time to get rid of the Union Jack on our flag

The Wolverine star says it's time for the Union Jack to go
Anthony Harvey

The Wolverine star says it's time for the Union Jack to go

Hollywood star Hugh Jackman is the latest celebrity to weigh in on the New Zealand flag debate, voting for change.

During an interview with ZM radio, the Wolverine star said he was in favour of both New Zealand and Australia changing their flags. 

"I think the days of having the Union Jack on our flag, we've moved on from that point. No offence, it's all great, thank you very much, time to move on," he said.

Jackman joins a long list of local celebrities vying for a change of the flag, which includes the likes of Dan Carter, Maria Tutaia, Chrystal Chenery, Mike Hosking and Oscar Kightley along with ex-Prime Ministers Jim Bolger and Dame Jenny Shipley.

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​Richie McCaw decided change was best when he was "running out at Twickenham and seeing the two flags looking so similar".

"The silver fern has always been the special symbol on the All Black jersey that represents who we are as Kiwis, so the new flag with a silver fern as a part of it would be a great option I believe," he wrote on social media.

This is the moment when I decided a new flag would be great for our country. Running out at Twickenham and seeing the...

Posted by Richie McCaw on  Saturday, February 20, 2016

Meanwhile others are less convinced. 

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Lorde's mum Sonya Yelich-O'Connor, choreographer Parris Goebel, rower and politician Rob Hamill, actor Sam Neill, socialite Sally Ridge, and model Colin Mathura-Jeffree are amongst those against change.

Voting is currently open for Kiwis to choose whether they want to change the flag, with voting due to close on March 24.

Comments on this story have been closed. Thanks to all who contributed. 

 - Stuff

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