Key wrong to want to replace national flag with a black flag
New Zealand’s flag is 145 years old this year. This makes
it the fifteenth oldest national flag in the world. That
long history reflects the enviable political stability of
However Prime Minister John Key wants to
break that tradition. He has stated that he wants New
Zealand to adopt a new flag.
The Prime Minister wants a
black flag - the international symbol of anarchy - to
replace our historic flag.
Opinion polls show little
support for replacing the national flag. More
significantly, there is no consensus on what a new flag
might look like. It is unlikely that a symbol of political
anarchy would be favoured by a majority of
Furthermore, no design proposed in recent years
has received more than a fraction of the level of support of
the current flag.
The New Zealand Flag Institute suggests
that perhaps it is the 100% Pure New Zealand brand which is
in need of change, rather than New Zealand’s national
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