Ki­wis have their say on new de­sign for NZ flag

Pilbara News - - News - ■ Tom Zaun­mayr

Wick­ham hero and Kiwi ex­pat Chilly Bin Man has joined New Zealand Prime Min­is­ter John Key in call­ing for a new na­tional flag.

A straw poll of New Zealan­ders liv­ing in the Pil­bara, con­ducted by the Pil­bara News, re­vealed 60 per cent sup­ported a change of the flag.

Thirst-quench­ing cru­sader Chilly Bin Man said the New Zealand flag needed a change as it was too sim­i­lar to Aus­tralia’s flag.

“We are the best coun­try in the world, so we de­serve the best flag in the world,” he said.

“I think a blue flag with a sil­ver fern would bet­ter rep­re­sent New Zealand.

“I would hap­pily fly that flag on the back of the chilly bin.”

Out of 50 fel­low ex­pats found at var­i­ous rugby train­ing ses­sions around the re­gion, more than one third of votes went to­wards a flag car­ry­ing the sil­ver fern, com­monly as­so­ci­ated with New Zealand sport­ing teams and emer­gency and armed forces. Af­ter orig­i­nally lean­ing to­wards be­ing happy with the cur­rent flag, Shane Nepia agreed with Chilly Bin Man, stat­ing the sil­ver fern was in­stantly recog­nis­able as a New Zealand icon.

Forty al­ter­nate flags were “long-listed” re­cently and those from across the ditch el­i­gi­ble to vote will likely head to the polls in March to de­cide whether to keep the sta­tus quo or go forth un­der a new ban­ner.

New Zealand Prime Min­is­ter John Key is in sup­port of chang­ing the flag, stat­ing it would be worth “bil­lions” to the econ­omy.

Some lo­cal New Zealan­ders and their coun­try­men still liv­ing in their home­land have ques­tioned the po­ten­tial $26 mil­lion price tag at­trib­uted to mak­ing a de­ci­sion on chang­ing the flag.

The New Zealand Flag Con­sid­er­a­tion Panel said the list would be nar­rowed down to four al­ter­na­tive choices for a Septem­ber poll.

The poll would then de­cide which one would go up against the cur­rent flag.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Chilly Bin Man says it is time to fly the sil­ver fern.

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