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New Zealand Flag Referendum: Victory for existing flag

BY ALEX CROUCH 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 […]

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New Zealand Flag Referendum – Final Round

BY ALEX CROUCH 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 […]

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New Zealand chooses challenger flag

BY ALEX CROUCH 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 […]

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New Zealand flag referendum begins

BY ALEX CROUCH 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 […]

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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?

BY ALEX CROUCH 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 […]

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Flag of the Week – Australia

BY ALEX CROUCH Australia’s national flag was adopted on 3rd September 1901. Edward VII officially recognised it 17 months later. It was designed by Ivor Evans (a 14-year-old schoolboy from Melbourne), Leslie John Hawkins (a teenage optician’s apprentice from Sydney), Egbert John Nuttall (an architect from Melbourne), Annie Dorrington (an artist from Perth) and William […]

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NZ Flag Speech at Victoria University

John Key MP, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, has made a speech at Victoria University in Wellington, launching his proposal for a referendum on the future on the nation’s flag. You can read the speech here. It is a most impressive, thoughtful and statesmanlike view of the significance of a national flag in the […]

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