Flying their flags
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.
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.