Embrace the flag as our change in identity
Final five New Zealand flags: Which is your favourite?Share your stories, photos and videos.
Which is your favourite flag?
The New Zealand flag represents where we have been
As a proud New Zealander living in Australia, I have watched the flag debate with more than a little curiosity. For anyone who has lived away from Aotearoa, the heart definitely grows fonder and some things, like the flag, mean so much more. At first I didn't think the change would gain any momentum.
Now we're down to the final four.
Whenever it's raised it invokes strong emotion. We are proud of our achievements and the flag is a physical representation of that pride.
New Zealand men and women have fought and died for our nation while proudly carrying the flag. No matter the dispute or where in the world they were fighting they distinguished themselves. Every Anzac Day we share a special bond with those special New Zealanders. It's a day of unity. This is epitomised by the flag. Lest we forget.
New Zealanders have seen it raised over the years for all sorts; world cups, the Commonwealth Games and the pinnacle of sport - the Olympic Games. Sharing those moments with the likes of Peter Snell, Danyon Loader, Valerie Adams, Hamish Bond, and Eric Murray and so many more. Great moments where the nation comes together for a moment in time to watch the flag and hear the national anthem.
So why change it?
John Keys has used the excuse that the New Zealand flag is commonly mistaken with the Australian flag. Nonsense. He's looking to leave a legacy - the Prime Minister that changed the flag. I'm not sure that there was ever any concern of John Key being forgotten, but this will definitely cement his place in New Zealand history.
For Kiwis, it's a change in identity
It's a change from identifying with colonial roots and embracing the nation we have become.
New Zealanders will continue to wear the flag with pride regardless of the colour or design. We will still share moments of sadness, happiness, reflection and achievement.
No matter what the flag, I will still proudly fly the flag whenever the chance arises.
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