The Tribune (NZ) - - WELCOME - – Richard

We’ve had a won­der­ful run with the sum­mery con­di­tions, but au­tumn is upon us.

Emerg­ing from our Easter holiday bur­rows, hope­fully not too over-dosed on choco­late, we learn that sea­sonal change has not ex­tended to the flag. The old tried and true, white red and blue en­sign re­mains in­tact.

In­ter­est­ing was how many peo­ple were en­gaged enough in the de­bate to cast a vote, and how rel­a­tively close the pre­lim­i­nary re­sult was.

Still, more than 1 mil­lion reg­is­tered vot­ers - that’s more than the num­bers who voted for the ‘‘fish­bone’’ de­sign, chose not to be in­volved.

Next time, and there will be a next time – don’t ex­pect this to be the end of the flag de­bate, per­haps we could get the process right, and at least in­clude de­sign­ers on the panel, while hav­ing a bet­ter and more open se­lec­tion process.

Maybe then we will get the flag we re­ally want.

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