There has been a lot of talk over the past year or so there has been talk about John Key getting a new flag made for New Zealand. In my opinion the flag is perfectly fine and the ridiculous amount of money that the National Party has could be going towards much better things like child poverty, the rebuilding of Christchurch and the cancer fund etc, the country is getting really annoyed with the talk of changing the flag. John Key should listen to everyone’s opinion and not just jump to conclusions.
One reason being people have been arguing that the flag is too similar to the Australian one and that it is no longer needed for the Union Jack to be on our national flag. These arguments have been made by some National Party MPs since 2004. On the other side of the debate. In 2015/16 New Zealanders will have two opportunities to vote on the issue but you have to be 18, so the legal age to vote.
My main reason being that the Returned Services Association (RSA) has always not wanted any change to the flag, arguing that generations of New Zealanders have fought and died under it and that it means something to our country, our soldiers took it to Gallipoli with them and fought for our country with it. Our soldiers march with our flag every year on the 25th of April for ANZAC day. The New Zealand flag even though The New Zealand flag hasn't always been our official flag, it was adopted in 1902. It used to be the Union Jack.
Another reason is that it is a major waste of money. They have over $40,000 dollars and they want to waste it on a flag thats not even broken. Whats the point in that? The money could be going to much more important things like; child poverty, the cancer fund, and more good useful charities.
So in conclusion, The New Zealand Flag doesn’t have to be changed. Its not broken why fix it it? The Union Jack shows that the queen is part of New Zealand history, and it means something to the RSA. So John Key, stop what you’re doing and put all your money into something worthwhile!
By Meggan Boswell