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New Zealand Flag worthy of respect

Thu, 27 Jan 2005

New Zealand Flag worthy of respect

For most countries the national flag is but one of a number of national symbols. Every country has a national flag. Most also have one or more state, naval, merchant or official flag. In addition to flags, government or dynastic coats of arms are also common. Official national colours have been increasingly adopted since the start of the twentieth century. A number of other symbols, from national plant to official bird or tree, have been embraced in some countries.

All of these symbols gain status or mana and increased recognition over time. It is not generally considered desirable or necessary to change them periodically to reflect changing (and passing) political or aesthetic tastes. Indeed many of the most widely recognised national symbols might be considered to be old-fashioned, or at least to be anachronistic in origin. They owe their standing to their very age and timelessness. Whilst new symbols might be added from time to time, the principal symbols are rarely changed. For a country that abandons its old symbols for no better reason than to follow changing fashions has lost its heart, and neglected its heritage.

The New Zealand national flag has stood the test of time. At 135 years of age it is one of the oldest flags currently flown. It is widely recognised internationally.

The attitude of people to their flag reflects their attitude towards each other, and towards their country’s history. We should be proud to be kiwis, and proud to fly our national flag.

New Zealand Flag Institute 27th January 2005

For information: New Zealand Flag Institute Trust P O Box 33-1600, Takapuna, Auckland Fax: 486-4626 Email: nzflaginstitute@yahoo.co.nz Website: http://www.nzflaginstitute.com/ Contact: John Cox

ENDS

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