New Zealand moves a step closer to new flag, possibly

WELLINGTON New Zealanders could be a step closer to getting a new flag following the first phase of a two-component referendum wrapped up on Friday but several men and women are not in the mood for modify.

The present flag features Britain’s Union Jack in the corner and four red stars in a Southern Cross formation, indicating New Zealand’s location in the South Pacific.

Those looking for alter say the flag is too closely tied to New Zealand’s history as a British colony and looks far as well a lot like Australia’s flag.

But people opposed to modify say wars have been fought and New Zealanders have died beneath the current flag.

“I think it really is an absolute waste of tax-payers income and I cannot see any advantage to it,” stated Wellington resident Sue Parrott.

“I have no dilemma with the current flag, it is element of our heritage.”

Prime Minister John Key announced a referendum this year to settle the question and referred to as for styles.

Far more than ten,000 entries, such as flags bearing the native kiwi bird and sheep, have been whittled down to a brief-list of 5 and the vote on Friday is aimed at settling on the favorite.

It will then face off against New Zealand’s existing flag in the second phase of the referendum in March.

Preliminary results show a flag featuring a white fern on a black and blue background with four red stars is probably to win Friday’s ballot. The outcome is expected on Tuesday.

A three News/Reid Study poll in November showed that 65 % of individuals want to maintain the flag as is, and only 28 percent want to adjust it.

“I did vote, but I never agree that we require to adjust the existing flag,” said main school teacher Emily Osborn, who stated she had chosen a flag featuring a black and white koru, or unfurling fern frond. “I did not pick it since I liked it. I chose it due to the fact I believed it would be the a single that wouldn’t stand a possibility against our existing flag,” she stated.

Voter turnout was about 1.five million people – or 48 % of registered voters, the Electoral Commission said.

(Reporting by Rebecca Howard Editing by Robert Birsel)

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