Kiwis have their say on new design for NZ flag
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.
Chilly Bin Man says it is time to fly the silver fern.