Flying their flags

02:55, Feb 07 2014
emily maclean
EMILY MACLEAN, 9: "I think the flag should be changed. I made this flag because it represents New Zealand and what New Zealand has, like kiwis. When I sketched New Zealand I did it without looking at the map. They are there like the (original) New Zealand flag and korus and the sun is there for how sunny it always is."
william talbot
WILLIAM TALBOT, 9: "I made this flag because blue is my favourite colour and thought it would be quite nice, it also represents New Zealand. I think the flag should be changed because it's quite exciting how people have to do more flags and may design a better one."
ruby hull
RUBY HULL, 9: "I made this flag because it was different to the whole class. I don't think the flag should be changed because it has been there for ages."
fletcher toomey
FLETCHER TOOMEY, 8: "It's got a fern and the star because it represents the rugby. I think the flag should be changed because the other has been there for ages."
oliver geary
OLIVER GEARY, 9: "My flag has got a kiwi riding a motor bike that has New Zealand written on it. I think the flag should be changed because it hasn't got any kiwiana on it and this one has."
amelia rattray
AMELIA RATTRAY, 9: "The NZ on my flag is for New Zealand and the blue because I wanted it to be like the old one. No, I don't think it should be changed because I like the old one, it's awesome."
jack o'neill
JACK O'NEILL, 8: "I like kiwis, they're my favourite animal, they can't fly but I still like them. All my favourite colours are on my flag as well. I don't think the flag should be changed because I like it, it's really New Zealand."

John Key's suggestions for a referendum to change the New Zealand flag is stirring up mixed emotion from New Zealanders.

Timaru people are in two minds about whether or not the traditional blue flag with Union Jack and Southern Cross should be replaced with a new one.

The leading suggestion is a black background with a silver fern, synonymous with kiwi sports.

flag ideas
FUTURE FLAGS: Barton Rural School pupils' designs for a new New Zealand flag hang proudly in their classroom.

Some people surveyed in a street poll by The Timaru Herald wanted to see the flag changed to something more specific to New Zealand, while others wanted the present flag kept out of patriotism and respect for war service.

Barton Rural School children weighed in on the discussion, offering their suggestions for what the new flag could look like.

If it were left up to 8- and 9-year-olds to decide the future of the flag there would be a lot of kiwis, korus and even rugby balls.

Like the rest of New Zealand, the younger generation show mixed reactions to having the flag changed but when push comes to shove a newer kiwiana-esque flag would be favoured.

Here are their drawings and explanations of why they think the flag should be changed or not.

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