New Zealand referendum on flag

Five flag designs which are the subject of the current referendum.

AS former British colonies and dominion mature, so they consider how closely they want to be seen to display their ties with the former ‘mother country’ and the government of New Zealand is holding two referendums over the next five months to decide whether or not they should drop the existing flag, adopted in 1902, which includes the Union flag.

A shortlist of five new designs was chosen by a panel representing all sections of New Zealand society from the 10,000 options submitted by the general public. Once a single choice is made, there will be a second referendum when the winner goes ‘head to head’ with New Zealand’s current flag.

The flag debate has no bearing on whether New Zealand should declare itself a republic in the future.

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