New Zealand Flag referendum: final round

The final round of the New Zealand Flag Referendum has begun, which will decide once and for all whether New Zealanders will keep their current flag or change it.

New Zealand Flag ReferendumThe challenger, Kyle Lockwood’s Silver Fern (Black, White and Blue), must defeat the existing national flag in a simple head-to-head ballot, which began on 3rd March and closes on 24th March, to become the new flag.

Lockwood’s Silver Fern (B.W.B.) narrowly won the referendum’s first round late last year. It triumphed over his other design (Silver Fern (Red, White and Blue)) by 15,324 votes in the fourth and final iteration after votes for the three other candidates had been distributed following their elimination.

The latest opinion poll, conducted by Newshub and Reid Research, shows clear support (70%-30%) for the existing national flag.

A full breakdown of the first round can be viewed here.

Alex Crouch is a 2014 journalism graduate from Southampton Solent University. He has followed Formula One since before he started infant school, was a Games Maker during the London Paralympics and saw Pink Floyd reunite for one song at The O2 in London. Links: Twitter, blog, YouTube. Alex is an accredited Flag Institute journalist.

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2 Responses to New Zealand Flag referendum: final round

  1. Geoffrey Caruth 9 March 2016 at 5:19 am #

    Those advocating change missed a trick. I would have chosen one of the designs that replaced the UJ with a Red fimbriated diagonal bar and flown it alongside the existing Flag for a trial period-say a year. Thereafter hold the Referendum. A new Flag would have had a much better chance of success with a gradual approach plus a design that did not entirely discard NZ’s link to the past. The proposed new design is a mess and i think New Zealanders will reject it for this reason as much as any affection for the old design

  2. Mike Archer 9 March 2016 at 9:42 am #

    Dear Flag Institute,

    #‎NZFlag‬ – BRIEF:
    To design a creative / innovative / evolutionary / respectful [‘design-driven’]
    New Zealand flag. The two proposed #nzflag design solutions are inclusive and have strong historical / cultural and geographic symbolism / references / colour theory – please see the full back story below f.y.i.

    #NZFlag – Proposed solutions:
    – Land of the long white cloud – Traditional blue.

    – Land of the long white cloud – Ocean blue.

    #NZFlag – Long-listed top 39 designs:…/ ‪#‎design‬ ‪#‎designthinking‬ #nzflag

    Many thanks and regards

    Mike Archer