New flag long overdue
use? A silver fern, a kiwi, sometimes a koru, an All Black strip . . . but the official flag, hardly ever – and when we do, people who can’t tell the difference call us Australians. It doesn’t get worse than that. So surely a bit of a discussion about a single, uniquely us image – captured in the flag we choose to wave (and wear) is a bit overdue? I’ve always liked the silver fern, and some of the koru options.
I’m not persuaded by the argument that we have to retain the existing flag because our servicemen and women fought and died under it. Nor that it has historical and national significance – Britain abandoned us when I was a boy.
We’ve learned to stand on our own two feet, and we’re very good at it.
Choosing a new flag in no way diminishes the sacrifices people made in the past. But it would signify what’s different about us and where we come from – maybe even what we stand for.
Change is long overdue.
Iwent along to a recent public meeting in Wanaka ready to be fired up over proposed cuts to funding for Dunstan Hospital. came away a lot better informed and even feeling a little sorry for the Southern District Health Board who fronted up at the meeting and even made a concession that they needed to think a bit more about this region, and how our hospital can be funded in the future.
The national health system is a bit like the blood-thirsty plant Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors.
It doesn’t matter how much blood Seymour manages to feed her, Audrey II always wants more with her plaintive cry of ‘‘feed me Seymour, feed me’’.
You could probably throw hundreds of millions more taxpayer’s dollars at the health service and still have people asking for more funding for this or that.
Flag debate long overdue.