Can you tell the difference between the New Zealand flag and the Australian flag? Most people can’t, and that’s why the two flags ended up on our list of similar looking national flags. The two flags are nearly identical other than a few minor differences. Recently, the New Zealand government has been debating about whether or not to change the New Zealand flag design. This debate started after the New Zealand Prime Minister suggested that he was interested in changing the flag design to something that better represents what the country is today. The government has actually been taking flag design submissions from the public and did so until April 23.
The government is going to let the public decide which flag design they like best by using a referendum. A panel of government officials will select the top 5 New Zealand flag designs and place them on a public voting ballet. The winner of the flag design ballet will then be pitted against the current New Zealand flag design. If the proposed design wins the vote against the incumbent design, a new flag will be flying over New Zealand shortly after.
The timing of this debate has stirred up a bit of controversy, however. The government will stop receiving flag design submissions two days before most significant anniversary in the nation’s history – known as Anzac day. What makes this anniversary more significant is that it is the 100 year anniversary of the founding of the nation. Opponents of the flag design change do not find this to be a coincidence either. They believe that this is a deliberate act by the government in an attempt to overshadow this historic date in New Zealand history.
The Prime Minister has expressed his interest in the flag design shown below. What are your thoughts? Should New Zealand change its flag design?
Credits: The Press News