The Tribune (NZ) - - CONVERSATIONS -

I agree with Mike Stock­dale [ Tri­bune March 9] and would rec­om­mend Wally Richards ur­gently seek oph­thal­mo­log­i­cal ad­vice re­gard­ing his fail­ing vi­sion. The sil­ver fern has been a proud sym­bol of New Zealand iden­tity in one vari­a­tion or an­other for at least 160 years and sud­denly Wally thinks it looks like a white feather.

I find it sad that the dis­cus­sion has de­gen­er­ated into bag­ging such a won­der­ful and unique part of our his­tory, past and fu­ture.-

And of course in Wally’s eyes any­one who sup­ports the new flag over the old colo­nial/im­pe­rial one is a Key lackey.

For those who saw the Blair Tuke and Peter Burl­ing po­ten­tial sails side by side and filled with air ask your­self this: which one spoke most un­mis­tak­ably of New Zealand? Which one could not pos­si­bly be con­fused with that of an­other coun­try?

Phillip Pru­jean High­bury

Vot­ing on the sec­ond flag ref­er­en­dum closes this Thurs­day, March 24. Pre­lim­i­nary re­sults will be an­nounced soon after with of­fi­cial re­sults avail­able next Wed­nes­day March 30.


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