Where’s our pride?
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.