Local Heart, Global Soul

October 10, 2018

Voting Achieved Nothing Except A NZD 400,000 Blowout…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

In recent years there has been much debate about the New Zealand flag.

Many kiwi’s wanted to see the removal of the Union Jack since ties with the United Kingdom have for decades not been as they were when New Zealand was part of the British “Empire’.

With the empire long gone it is only natural they we should loose this part of our flag since it is no longer relevant.

The biggest problem was deciding what to replace it with. submissions were made from across the nation, from everyone from commercial design companies to school children.

The thousands were whittled down to around one hundred, and from there down to around forty. The next problem was that those chosen few who decided on the last forty appeared to have decided on the flags that everyone hated the most.

The one flag that people did like (the long standing unofficial black flag with fern leaf) was not on the shortlist either. Who knows why not because it was popular with the people. The following problem was one of timing: Queen Elizabeth II still lives, and be you republican or loyalist, she has garnered a large amount of admiration and respect for her lifelong service as Head of State, so no one is really in the mood to change anything whilst she reigns.

Lastly the working on the voting paper was not clear for many people, if it had been better worded and given the options correctly there may have been hope. This campaign was therefore almost certain to fail from the outset and fail it did. The vote was inconclusive and no new flag was chosen, there was just a hole blown in the budget to the tune of 400,000.– New Zealand dollars to show for it.

That doesn’t mean that everyone remains happy with the current New Zealand flag though, so it was little surprise that I spotted one of the many “alternatives” on show in Hanmer Springs. Whilst it is not my favourite it is also far from the worst of the forty on the final shortlist. From an artistic point of view I’m interested in how the flag moves in the wind and how the image changes accordingly. At least my few photographs don’t blow the budget…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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