Flagging the future

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.

 NZflag.com ;

 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.

5 Responses to Flagging the future

  1. pdm says:

    Sorry HP I disagree. I think it is divisive and a decision that takes NZ away from racial harmony. Once again it is a few Maori radicals getting their own way.

  2. Paul Tremewan says:

    Unfortunately the tinorangitiratanga flag has become associated with both the Maori P{arty and with too many major protests, initially at Pa Kaitori. Sad that.
    We are currently flying the United Tribes flag at home. It was an official NZ flag in 1835, and is a fine looking flag. We alternate that with the NZ flag and whatever national days flags we have. We always fly our Australian flag at half-mast every time they get beat!
    But you are right: flags create very high emotion. The Thai flag was absolutely everywhere we went over there recently. Huge pride.That and the King’s personal flag.

  3. stef says:

    One of things I noticed in Australia was that it was common for most govt buildings to have the aboriginal flag flying alongside the state or Australian flag.

    Surely we should be doing this everyday>?

  4. pmofnz says:

    With respect HP, the debate on a new NZ flag is a separate issue, one which should be had at some future time if say, this nation heads toward a republic.

    The current decision to fly what is a symbol of extremely divisive racist politics alongside the traditional New Zealand flag is utterly offensive.

  5. JC says:

    The US South proudly flies the Confederate Flag on state govt buildings in places like Alabama. The Australians OKed the flying of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders flags in 1995 and the Sammi flag is prominent (from 1985) in Russia, Sweden, Finland and Norway.

    Time we got over our cringe for Victoria’s flag and catch up with nations confident enough to fly the flag of the earlier peoples.

    And ditch the semi Union Jack for a Silver Fern of some sort.


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