Parliament passes law to change NZ’s flag
Legislation passed by New Zealand’s parliament yesterday cleared the way for a referendum to possibly change the country’s flag.
The first part of the referendum will take place between 20 November and 11 December where voters are asked to rank four of their favourite proposed flag designs.
The most-preferred design from the first referendum will then go to a second binding referendum in March, where voters will choose between the status quo and the most preferred alternative flag.
Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Bill English said the legislation secures “New Zealanders their first opportunity ever to vote on the flag that best represents them and our country.”
But NZ First leader Mr Winston Peters said the whole process was not necessary in the first place because “New Zealanders never asked for a flag change”.
Instead, Mr Peters accused Prime Minister John Key for using his position and power to push for changing the flag because he “wants knighthoods and honorary military appointments”.
Mr Peters was also critical of the $26million process as “a dreadful waste of money at a time when many Kiwis are struggling.”