New Zealanders overwhelmingly say NO
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Sunday, 16 March 2014

 

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, who describes himself as a republican,  seriously misjudged how strongly opposed New Zealanders are to ditching their flag.  Polling indicates almost three quarters of New Zealanders are opposed to this.

 Had he proceeded with a referendum at the same time as the September 2014 election, it could have become the big issue.

There would have been massive opposition which could have affected the voting at the election. So he has postponed flag change to the next term. 

 

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...contrast with Australia... 

 

 

When he suddenly announced he wanted to ditch the New Zealand Flag, Mr Key at least did not do what the Keating government planned to do to Australians.

 This was to force us, against our wishes, to accept the trashing of our flag.

 The Keating government actually announced the flag would be changed before the Centenary of Federation. There was no indication t there would be a referendum. It was as though we were living under a republican dictatorship.

In The Sydney Morning Herald 6 June 1994, Mike Seccombe reported ( ''New Flag on track,'') that the Minister of Finance Kim Beazley had stated that the Keating Government ''was sticking to its timetable' for changes to Australia’s constitution and flag by the end of the century.'' 

This was '' in spite of strong public opposition''.

 

...strong opposition... 

 

 

 

In announcing a referendum for a new flag at the time of the next election later this year, the New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has seriously misjudged the New Zealand people.

 An opinion poll in New Zealand has revealed that most people just do not share Prime Minister John Key's passion  to change their flag. As in Australia, the politicians are completely out of touch. With the exception of a minority, politicians like the idea of imposing a politicians Republic and trashing the flag. In Australia, politicians have gone quiet on these issues because they have realised that the public does not support them.

Apparently there's a similar attitude in New Zealand where there is reported to be widespread  political support for flag change.

But the public are overwhelmingly opposed. A Colmar Brunton-One News opinion poll has   found that almost three quarters of respondents want to keep the flag and only 28 per cent want a change.

Only two per cent of those polled considered the flag an election issue. But had there been a referendum at the same time it could have become the big issue . 

Watch the news here:http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/kiwis-don-t-want-flag-change-poll-video-5850356