A ‘new’ New Zealand flag?
Wow, everybody seems to have an opinion.
Before we choose a new flag or even decide whether we want to change, the first questions should be ‘‘Why do we have a national flag?’’ ‘‘What purpose does it serve?"
The primary reason is so that we can recognise other nations.
With that in mind, can you easily identify the German, Belgium, French, Russian, Armenian, Dutch, Romanian, Irish, Italian and Egyptian flags? Thought not. Now put the Eiffel Tower on the French flag, pyramids on the Egyptian flag, shamrock on the Irish flag and how easy does it become.
The Canadians realised this 50 years ago. Bingo.
Outside of New Zealand and Australia, 99 per cent of the world population cannot tell the difference between our flags.
Assuming that we want to be recognised by our national flag, we need a design that shouts ‘‘New Zealand"to the world.
The current fad to pick the ‘‘Red Peak’’ flag is flawed. Tome it says a red tent (North American Indians) or a snow capped mountain (Everest, Nepal).
You know (and some Australians know) NZ has a few mountains but is that how ‘‘the world’’ thinks of NZ? Thought not.
We must not be arrogant and think that because we know it’s our flag, everybody else (the world) will also know it’s our flag.
For me? Any design with the silver fern.
WHEN I’M SXTY-FIVE
A big thank you to all our city councillors who, have in the past, voted to give the city’s senior citizens two hours of free parking.
Whether long term residents or recent arrivals, the over 65s are bound to have varying incomes. Some have savings on top of National Superannuation, together with assets that they have been able to accrue over the years. Others will be living on the base pension alone.
Life’s circumstances can change in a trice – white collar crime, and life’s hard knocks make families and individuals unable to save.
It is highly likely that the parents of today’s senior citizens faced the rigours of the depression and the austerity of World War II.
There is no doubt that some will have bigger nest-eggs than others, irrespective of income large numbers of the superannuatants swell the ranks of the volunteer army that keeps the Cancer Society, Hospice, Citizens Advice Bureau, Meals on Wheels and such running smoothly.
National Superannuation and ACC are universal in their application and should remain so. The former iswell known for its simplicity.
The principle of universality is rightly applied to the provision of free parking for the over 65s and should remain in place.
Are there any other mobility scooter pilots here in Palmerston North who are fed up with the atrocious condition of the local footpaths?
Are you fed up with having to find alternative routes because the likes of Chorus and other companies have taken up the entire footpath without giving a safe or practical way past?
Are you sick of coming into conflict with people’s front gardens out of control and over taking the footpath?
Does anyone have any ideas on what to do about this, are you interested in a combined effort to get the PNCC to give us decent paths? If you are, drop me an e-mail- email@example.com
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The Fire the Lazer! flag design by James Gray that attracted the attention of British satirist John Oliver in an August episode of Last
Week Tonight on US TV.