Interesting flag facts to ponder
Voting in the second New Zealand flag referendum will take place between March 3 and March 24.
Voting papers will be sent out by post and voters will be asked to choose between the current New Zealand flag and the ‘‘Silver Fern’’ alternative design selected in the first referendum last year.
The flag that receives the most votes in the second referendum will be the official flag of New Zealand.
Only people who are enrolled by March 2 will be able to vote. Go to elections.org.nz or call 0800 36 76 56 to check if you’re enrolled or for enrolment forms.
In the meantime, here are eight things you might not know: 1. New Zealand’s first official flag was the United Tribes Flag, voted on by 25 Maori Chiefs from the Far North in 1834. 2. The current flag is New Zea- land’s third flag. 3. The first national rugby team in 1884 wore dark blue jerseys with a gold fern on the breast. 4.. Maori traditionally used an upturned silver fern to light the path home through the forest. 5. The first time the current New Zealand flag was officially used in battle was at the Battle of River Plate in 1939. 6.The New Zealand Red Ensign was flown when troops were transported by ship in World War I. 7 Of 53 Commonwealth countries, four still have the Union Jack as part of their flag. 8. On the Silver Fern flag the multiple points on the leaf represent Aotearoa’s peaceful, multicultural society.