The news that the Maori flag will fly on Auckland Harbour Bridge, Parliament and Premier House hasn’t been universally welcomed.
The opposition comes from Maori and non-Maori and for a variety of reasons.
There’s no surprise in that.
Some don’t like the idea of any Maori flag and some don’t like that particular flag.
If anyone suggested it’s time to fly a new New Zealand flag there’d be a similar range of opinions.
But there is a website which is aiming to do that.
is a Trust established to promote debate about New Zealand’s national identity and, in particular, about New Zealand’s flag. We believe that the time has come for New Zealanders to choose a flag which represents New Zealanders as we see ourselves today – to respect and reflect our history as a nation, to represent us to others as we would we would like them to see us and, importantly, to carry us forward with our hopes and aspirations for New Zealand’s future.
The website gives reasons why the flag should change, looks at various designs which have come up before (I like John Hepbrun’s and Jason Paul Troup’s). Then there are several new designs which have arisen during the debate and comments on them.
There is a lot of emotion tied up in a flag and some won’t welcome the debate but I would like a flag which is distinctively New Zealand’s and not likely to be confused with Australia’s as ours is now.