Lis­ten to chil­dren

Matamata Chronicle - - Opinion/news -

Re­cently there has been de­bate whether to re­move or re­tain our ex­ist­ing flag, although ex­clud­ing chil­dren (aged 11 – 18) from vot­ing.

Chil­dren have the guid­ance of So­cial Stud­ies to vote, there­fore giv­ing us the right to vote; why ig­nore us?

Chil­dren and young peo­ple (hu­mans aged 18 and un­der) have the same gen­eral hu­man rights as adults. We are all equal; why don’t chil­dren vote?

Chil­dren are im­pacted by po­lit­i­cal votes, and in this case, we will be af­fected by the change of our flag. For ex­am­ple if – in a tragic case – World War III is in­tro­duced, our lead­ers – the chil­dren of to­day – will be rep­re­sented by our ex­ist­ing flag or our sub­sti­tute flag in the fu­ture.

Dur­ing So­cial Stud­ies, chil­dren learn about dif­fer­ent coun­tries and their flags, pol­i­tics and the im­por­tance of equal­ity. For ex­am­ple, a va­ri­ety of pri­mary schools stud­ied the coun­tries who par­tic­i­pated in the Olympics in 2012 and their flags. This gives chil­dren the guid­ance they need to vote.

Our flag is im­por­tant to our na­tion. Chil­dren should have the right to vote, as our flag rep­re­sents all ages.

Adults do not own New Zealand. Why can’t we have a say?

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