Flag not priority for citizens

20:52, Feb 16 2014
Anne Jones New Zealand flag design
STARS AND FERNS: Anne Jones, a kiwi currently living in Sydney, sent us this design for a new New Zealand flag.
Herge's New Zealand flag design
LAYERED: Herge sent in a design representing New Zealand's seas, green pastures, clouds and sky, with the Southern Cross constellation towering above.
Reuben Romany New Zealand flag designs
NATIONAL ICON: A selection of alternative New Zealand flag options by Lyttelton artist Reuben Romany give a nod to the kiwi, the Southern Cross, and the RNZAF.
Reuben Romany New Zealand flag designs
VARIETY: The Fire Service, a kangaroo and a skull and crossbones also get a look-in in Reuben Romany's series of designs.
Rush on Flags
An alternative design using similar colours and the Southern Cross from the original flag, in white.
New flag for a new era
Stanley wants a new flag for a new era. The fern is surrounded by green to define the beautiful landscape, while the Southern Cross stars are gold to reflect the precious metal's contribution to the early economic growth of our nation.
Best of both
Josh Chapman combined Cameron Sanders' stylised silver fern and Kyle Lockwood's 2004 design for his flag suggestion.
Fitting flag
Roy and Mijina McDowall incorporated the Southern Cross, silver ferns and a literal interpretation of New Zealand for their design.
Cameron's summary of his design was short and to the point. "Silver stars, black background, best of both worlds."
Flag design
Karthik came up with a few creations, including this variations on Kyle Lockwood's design.
Flag design
Or, how about... "Lose the Union Jack and add red and black from the Tino Rangatiratanga Flag," said Karthik.
Incorporation of Symbols
Joel thinks any new flag should include the koru, silver fern and Southern Cross, but the Union Jack should go.
New Zealand Flag - An option (if it were to change)
Dave wanted to include something old, something new and plenty of pride on his adaptation of Kyle Lockwood's design."The idea is that we've retained the best bits and colours of old in a tip of the cap to yesteryear," he said.
Scott George
REFLECTING HISTORY: Scott George's design includes koru and the Southern Cross, with an eye for the future.
The Union Flag reimagined within simplified Maori design space.
flag
Milton Froggatt think this flag would be immediately identifiable to the rest of the world.
The Southern Cross over Aotearoa

Cantabrians say the Government should focus on things other than the design of the country's flag.

A Fairfax Media-Ipsos poll has found that only 38.6 per cent do not want a change to the current blue ensign incorporating the Southern Cross and the Union Jack.

However, only a slim majority, 41.6 per cent, wanted a change. The remaining 19.8 per cent were either apathetic or did not know.

The Press yesterday asked people on the streets of Christchurch for their views and found most believed there were causes more worthy of national attention.

Riccarton student Lee Jin, 24, said:

"I would just like it to stay the same."

Addington statistician Sonia Polak, 21:

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"Imagine how complicated [changing it] would be. You would just confuse the whole world."

Menzo Barrish , 28, drain surveyor:

"I would rather get Novopay replaced than the New Zealand flag."

Priscilla McDaniel, 42, homeless woman:

"It has been the same flag forever. [The Government] should spend some money on building some houses in Christchurch. A flag is not going to keep all the homeless warm."

Ellie Dugdale, 11, of Loburn:

"It should be the silver fern ... [that is] quite Kiwi."

KIWIS COOL ON FERN FOR NZ FLAG

Fewer than two in five Kiwis want to retain the current flag, despite its defenders arguing it is the standard our troops fought and died for.

A Fairfax Media-Ipsos poll has found that only 38.6 per cent do not want a change to the blue ensign incorporating the Southern Cross and the Union Jack.

But with almost 19 per cent "not bothered either way", the call for a change, put on the table for debate by Prime Minister John Key this month, is hardly overwhelming either.

The survey found that just under 18 per cent wanted the flag replaced with the silver fern - Key's personal favourite - while another 23.7 per cent want a change to something other than the silver fern.

Key said the result was a strong starting point, with a narrow majority even before a campaign had begun. "My instinct would be that more coverage would more strongly make the case for change. I take a lot of heart from the poll."

Most political leaders have supported a debate about the flag and Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae also said it was time to look at choosing a fresh flag.

The Cabinet is expected to decide soon on whether to go ahead with a referendum on the flag - a possible two-step process that would gauge the mood for change and then pick a favourite in a run-off.

"Whether we push the go button and how it works are the things we are talking about," Key said.

Surprisingly, the poll shows the strongest support for the current flag from those aged under 30 (47.2 per cent). The mood for a change was highest in the 45-64 age bracket.

The RSA has been among the most vigorous defenders of the status quo. When a change was suggested, its president, Don McIver, said a large majority of his members would not want change. "It has a significant emotional hold on our membership."

But as the debate about the flag rumbles on, driven in part by a call for a flag that is distinctly different from Australia's ensign, voters are clearly against a common currency with Australia. In the survey of 1018 respondents from February 8-10, 50.1 per cent were opposed, with 41.5 per cent in favour and 8.4 per cent undecided.

The Press