RSA strongly against move to change flag
The New Zealand RSA considers the timing of the referendum to change this country’s flag is unacceptable.
National president Barry Clark said just as New Zealand approached the significance of the Anzac centenary, it was being undermined by the establishment of a committee to decide whether the present flag should be cast out.
He said that at an excessive cost of $26 million the newly appointed committee would choose the design of four alternative flags from which New Zealanders, in a two-part referendum, will select one.
That preference will then be pitted against the existing New Zealand flag in a second referendum.
‘‘A hundred years ago our forces served and sacrificed under the same flag that flies today. It is inappropriate that this debate occurs as we commemorate the centenary of World War I,’’ he said.
Opposition: RSA national president says it would be inappropriate to replace the flag.