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Union Jack, or Silver Fern? Keep the flag, or change it?
Voting papers on the second referendum arrived in mailboxes on Thursday morning.
Kiwis can decide whether we should keep our current flag, or change to Kyle Lockwood’s Silver Fern (Black, White and blue design).
Which ever flag wins this referendum WILL become the national flag for New Zealand.
Prime Minister John Key, who supports a change of flag, has urged people not to “waste their vote” and vote against change because they didn’t like him.
“The core message is this is a once in a life time opportunity for New Zealanders to decide which flag they want to represent our country. and I think these opportunities don’t come along very often, they’ll probably never happen again in the lifetime of most New Zealanders who vote in the referendum. [So] they should vote on the flag they think represents them best.”
Voting runs for three weeks and will close on March 24, with a preliminary vote announced later that day. The official result will be announced on March 30.
The two-step referendum will cost $26 million.