Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Hadlee, Doig and Meads Join NZFlag.com Trust

24 June 2005

Sir Richard Hadlee, Colin Meads, Christopher Doig and Dick Tayler join the NZFlag.com Trust endorsers

Cricketer Sir Richard Hadlee, All Black great Colin Meads, Opera singer and former CEO of NZ Cricket Christopher Doig and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Dick Tayler have joined the www.nzflag.com campaign to change New Zealand's flag.

In his endorsement, Sir Richard noted "The time is right for New Zealand to make changes to our flag. There has been a lot of talk and much debate but there needs to be decisive action to do something that clearly identifies New Zealanders from other people around the world. Too many people confuse our flag with the Australian one and it also becomes embarrassing when New Zealanders cannot tell the difference either."

All Black legend Colin Meads is a big supporter of New Zealanders choosing a new flag which better represents our country as it is today. "Symbols like the kiwi or the silver fern seem the most likely choices. When representing New Zealand as an All Black and in subsequent experiences internationally, I've noticed the confusion of our current flag with that of Australia. Like many countries, New Zealand has changed. I like the unity of patriotic support which the South African flag has brought that country. I think New Zealand needs the same".

Christopher Doig, former international opera singer and former CEO NZ Cricket has also endorsed the campaign. "I am a strong supporter of a change in our flag, not because I am anti-establishment, or anti-royalty, but because our traditional flag does not define our uniqueness or a defined New Zealand characteristic for me personally. It is far too derivative of a past era and is for many indistinguishable from the Australian flag and others."

Commonwealth Games gold medallist Dick Tayler says "representing your country is something special for all sports people. It is a time which you never forget. Interestingly, when I won the 10,000m athletics gold medal at the 1974 Christchurch Commonwealth Games, it was not seeing the nation's flag hoisted high that inspired me. I was a proud Kiwi, and I was proud to wear the silver fern. In my view the silver fern we wore captured our nation's identity perfectly - it has strong historic meaning for this country and also could take us proudly into the future."

Over ninety prominent Kiwis across a range of disciplines including local government, sports, the arts, education, religion and business are pushing for a referendum on a new national flag. The www.nzflag.com Trust has sought the support of such a broad range of New Zealand leaders to show, by their support and widely differing backgrounds, that the campaign has engagement with all sectors of New Zealand society.

Their names, photographs and endorsements appear on the website ww.nzflag.com/endorsements.cfm and include Olympic gold medallist, Barbara Kendall; world champion squash player Dame Susan Devoy; musician Neil Finn; businessman Stephen Tindall, and Richard Taylor of Weta.

The www.NZflag.com Trust, established in February 2004 seeks to gather around 300,000 signatures this year to hold a referendum asking New Zealanders to have their say on whether New Zealand should change its flag.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Reaction

Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced

 

Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>

ALSO:


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election