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Sun 24th March, 2019
 

New Zealand votes to keep Union Jack on their flag

New Zealand has voted to keep their current flag, featuring the Union Jack of the United Kingdom.

In a second flag referendum, the current design won the majority with 56.6% of the vote, against the chosen blue, black and white version, seen below.

The New Zealanders have chosen to keep their original flag.

The New Zealanders have chosen to keep their original flag.

Other proposed flags had been whittled down to one contender for the new design, all of which featured the New Zealand fern. These designs lost with 43.2%.

2.1 millions New Zelanders voted in the referendum, a 67% turn out.

The issue with the current flag lay in that the flag of the UK formed part of the NZ flag, due to the former Empire and colonisation of the islands. Some felt the flag did not represent the people, instead an annex of Britian.

Prime Minister John Key told the people following the decision: “Use it, embrace it and, more importantly, be proud of it.”

He was however, a supporter of a new flag and was disappointed with the flag result but respected the decision of the people. Key said that the National Government will not revisit the issue under his leadership.

Deputy PM Bill English also agreed: “We should all embrace that decision.”

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Victoria has a passion for British history and Constitutional Monarchy, hence her reasons for founding The Crown Chronicles. Her specialism is the Early Modern era, with particular emphasis on the Tudor and Stuart dynasties. She is also a keen reader (usually something historical), baker and shopper. Her motto is to have a full bookcase, but a fuller wardrobe. Miss Howard also works closely with the British Monarchist Foundation as their Press Secretary and Spokesman.

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