READER REPORT:

Make your vote for a fair referendum

LAURA HARE
Last updated 05:00 28/11/2015
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As a young, working professional I am astounded at the amount of negativity around the referendum that is currently under way.

I get the feeling most people who are commenting against the referendum and flag change do not understand there is still a chance the current flag will stay, and if in the chance it doesn't, we are being given the fairest way to choose a flag design we like.

I proudly participated in the referendum, ranking my choices. If my top two choices don't go head-to-head with the current flag, I will be voting to keep the current flag.

I love that my country is a democracy, where we get the choice to not only rank our preferred options of flags that could potentially represent us in the future, but that we then get to decide if we do want to keep the current one, or choose the new one.

Protesting at this stage will effectively waste the $24 million that has already been spent. I understand the opinions of those who would have rather spent the money on things such as poverty, communities, and development, and I don't disagree, but it's not going to change anything now.

I love that the people of New Zealand get a say, that we are encouraged to have a voice and that our votes matter. I strongly encourage New Zealanders to take this opportunity and participate in the referendum. Have your say, make your vote count. "Boycotting" the referendum will simply give the people who would like the flag to change more of a chance. Make it a fair debate. This is what a referendum is for.


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