Where’s our pride?

Matamata Chronicle - - Opinion/news -

Over the past few years, New Zealand has been dis­cussing the elim­i­na­tion of our cur­rent flag – whether we re­move or re­tain this im­por­tant piece of his­tory. When asked if New Zealand should change the cur­rent flag, an on­line source states that 72 per cent of New Zealan­ders would rather keep the flag while 28 per cent wanted to change.

Which way would you vote? We grow up with the iden­tity of the South­ern Cross and Union Jack. Chang­ing this would cause a whole heap of con­fu­sion. 100,000 New Zealand men served over­seas in World War I. They fought, we hon­oured. Our coun­try, our flag.

On over­seas ser­vice New Zealand men wore our flag. They were proud to wear it. Why aren’t we?

This flag we have had as our logo for 112 years now. Although sim­i­lar to other flags, the South­ern Cross shows our place in the world and the Union Jack shows our part­ner­ship with Eng­land. We may not be a joint colony but our part­ner­ship is strong.

Our part­ner­ship with the Com­mon­wealth coun­tries is very strong. The Union Jack is made up of three dif­fer­ent flags: The St An­drew’s Cross (The Flag of Scot­land), The St George’s Cross (The Flag of Eng­land), The St Pa­trick’s Cross (The Flag of Ire­land). It rep­re­sents our his­tory as a Com­mon­wealth: a vi­tal part of re­tain­ing it.

Re­tain our flag. Re­tain our his­tory.

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