The Tribune (NZ) - - COMMENT -

Good­ness Wally, what a vit­ri­olic out­burst. Your re­cent let­ter [ Tribune March 2] was a heap of non­sense and I sus­pect that some­one, pos­si­bly a Nat, has been tam­per­ing with your or­ganic fruit juices.

As a re­turned ser­vice­man in my mid-80’s, the son of a Gal­lipoli vet­eran and father of an Afghanistan vet­eran, I have thought very se­ri­ously about a flag change, but none on of­fer caught my in­ten­tion, so I in­tend to vote against any change.

I be­lieve the al­ter­na­tive flag needs to have a more re­al­is­tic look­ing fern frond and then there would be no rea­son why it couldn’t be car­ried by sup­port­ers/ vis­i­tors to in­ter­na­tional sports’ events and com­mem­o­ra­tions.

I had the priv­i­lege of at­tend­ing the 95th Gal­lipoli com­mem­o­ra­tions and af­ter the Aus­tralian ser­vice at Lone Pine there was a sea of gold and green on the road to Chunuk Bair. Some peo­ple were car­ry­ing Aus­tralian flags, but a large num­ber were car­ry­ing green flags em­bossed with a yel­low kan­ga­roo.

I would sug­gest that the start­ing point for any fu­ture flag de­sign should be a sil­ver fern set in­side a black di­a­mond be­cause I be­lieve in WW2 the 2nd NZEF used this sign as a marker as they fought their way up the length of Italy.

Al­though I am vot­ing for the sta­tus quo I will still be vot­ing for John Key, be­cause if this coun­try is to con­tinue to pros­per the last thing it needs is a Labour/Green coali­tion.

Roy Brock High­bury

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