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The Te Aroha and Mata­mata Coun­cil of­fices are fly­ing the sil­ver fern flag next to the cur­rent New Zealand flag un­til the se­cond ref­er­en­dum be­tween March 3-24 is com­plete. Peo­ple will have the op­por­tu­nity to view the flags fly­ing side by side in a real-life sit­u­a­tion be­fore they vote in the next ref­er­en­dum.

Mayor Jan Barnes says that "by fly­ing both flags it gives our com­mu­nity a chance to see them both fly­ing and con­sider how they look be­fore mak­ing a de­ci­sion. We hope that this will help peo­ple de­cide on the fu­ture of the New Zealand flag."

The Flag Con­sid­er­a­tion Panel in­vited all coun­cils to fly both of the flags and has made them avail­able free of charge to coun­cils. To as­sist the de­ci­sion mak­ing process, coun­cils must fly them equally and within close prox­im­ity to each other.

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