Which flag MPs voted for in the final referendum

The flag referendum process has been criticised for becoming too political.

The flag referendum process has been criticised for becoming too political.

Politicians have revealed which flag they voted for, and the results are almost split.

Out of 121 MPs, 117 answered an RNZ survey, resulting in 54 voting for the current flag and 57 for the alternative.

Party divides were made clearer, against a backdrop of criticism of political interference.

National MPs were largely voting for the silver fern, emulating Prime Minister John Key's vote. Only five were voting for the current flag: Judith Collins, Paul Foster-Bell, Brett Hudson, Simon O'Connor and Jami-Lee Ross. 

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Of the Labour MPS who responded, only former leader David Shearer publicly supported the silver fern. Leader Andrew Little has said previously that he would not vote.

All NZ First MPs voted to keep the current flag, following their leader Winston Peter's strong stance against change.

The Green Party votes weren't so united in their opinion: Kennedy Graham and Kevin Hague voted to change the flag; Catherine Delahunty said she would not be voting at all; and Marama Davidson and Denise Roche did not wish to disclose their choice.

A full list is available online.

Labour's Annette King, Grant Robertson, Su'a William Sio and National's Maurice Williamson did not respond.

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