New Zealanders will vote in a referendum within the next three years on whether to change the country’s flag.
‘Independence through a new flag’
Prime Minister John Key argued the existing flag represents the past from which New Zealand had moved on.
“It’s my belief… that the design of the New Zealand flag symbolizes a colonial and post-colonial era whose time has passed,” Prime Minister John Key said.
“The flag remains dominated by the Union Jack in a way that we ourselves are no longer dominated by the United Kingdom,” Key explained in a speech at Victoria University. “I am proposing that we take one more step in the evolution of modern New Zealand by acknowledging our independence through a new flag.”
Key insists he is willing to consider all options and ideas ahead of a referendum.
Those pushing for a change of flag believe Key’s statements will be a boost for the domestic campaign, saying it’s time to update the country’s identity.