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Why Change?

Steve Gurney, MNZM, International Adventure Racer
Our flag design based on the Union Jack, is very significant for some, especially those who have risked their lives in war under that banner. My sincere appeal and suggestion to those friends is to transfer that same fervour and dedication to a symbol that can engender an even deeper passion. Think of the generations to come that will proudly take their inspiration from a symbol that is distinctly New Zealand. Watching our athletes win medals at Athens brought a proud tingle down my spine and a tearful smile. However, at the flag-raising ceremony, the euphoria was curiously incomplete. Eventually I realised that subconsciously I was fearful that our flag might not be recognised as Kiwi because it was so similar to many others. It was not proudly distinctive. Indeed, as if to confirm my fears, I hear that the flag-raising officials were somewhat confused in their choice between the NZ and Australian flags! I believe it is high time we changed to a flag that stands out as distinctly and proudly Kiwi. It makes good sense to have the new design based on the silver fern as it is already widely accepted as representative of New Zealand, and besides it is very eye-catching! On a personal level, I frequently represent New Zealand internationally in sport. On my clothing I have never used the Union Jack New Zealand flag. I always use the silver fern as it is infinitely more meaningful to me and also instantly recognisable. I suggest we set a goal to have our new flag before the Beijing Olympics.

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This site is intended to stimulate debate about the New Zealand Flag. We want all New Zealanders to ask whether the current flag represents our country as we see ourselves today? Can we improve it? Does it portray the image we want to give of New Zealand internationally? Most importantly, does it inspire us?

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