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New Zealand Flag referendum: victory for existing flag

New Zealanders have voted to keep their existing national flag. The second and final round of the country’s referendum shows 56.7% voted for no change, while 43.3% voted for the Kyle Lockwood-designed alternative (below). Over 2.1m votes were cast, a turnout of 67.3%. John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand, had campaigned for a new […]

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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. The 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 […]

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New Zealand chooses challenger flag

Kyle Lockwood’s Black, White and Blue design seems to have won the first round of the New Zealand Flag Referendum. With late and overseas votes still to be counted, it appears this design has beaten Lockwood’s other entrant (a Red, White and Blue variation) into second place. Voter turnout was 48-per-cent, a reflection on how […]

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New Zealand flag referendum begins

After celebrating their national institution’s Rugby Union World Cup triumph last month, New Zealanders are now deciding what flag their beloved All Blacks will play under when they defend their crown. The people of New Zealand have just begun voting in a referendum to once and for all decide whether or not to change their […]

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List of 40 potential new New Zealand flag designs unveiled

From over 10,000 just 40 remain. Is one of these designs New Zealand’s new flag? BY ALEX CROUCH New Zealand took a step closer to potentially changing their national flag yesterday (10th August) after the Flag Consideration Panel released its first shortlist of 40 designs from 10,292 submissions. In a press release the panel’s chair, […]

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The Silver Fern – New Zealand’s new flag?

In the near future we will be hearing about the two flag referendums taking place in New Zealand. In March 2014 New Zealand’s Prime Minister, John Key, said the country would hold a referendum on whether or not to change the national flag should he be re-elected. He was, and said referendum will now take […]

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Flore flies full UK Flag range

The Commonwealth Flag Project has taken the opportunity afforded to it by last years registrations of flags for the county of Northamptonshire and the province of Mercia to fly the flag of every layer of identity applicable to its host village of Flore together at the same time. This has resulted in a magnificent display, […]

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Flags at half mast for King Abdullah

The flying of Union Flags at Half Mast following the death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has not been welcomed by some who question the nation’s human rights record. Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson MSP tweeted: “Flying flags at Half Mast on gov[ernment] buildings for the death of Saudi king is a steaming pile of nonsense. […]

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French national day of mourning

Following the tragic events in Paris on Wednesday 7 January 2015, when the editorial offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo were attacked and twelve people killed, the French government have announced a national day of mourning for the victims on Thursday 8 January. This will be France’s only sixth national day of mourning in the […]

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Wales: no change to Union Flag

In an interview for BBC Wales this morning Charles Ashburner, a Welshman and the Flag Institute’s Chief Executive, has gone on record as saying that moves to change the flag of the United Kingdom to include Wales are “unlikely to be successful for the foreseeable future.” Mr Ashburner suggested that whilst such a change might […]

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