SUPPORTERS OF A NEW FLAG FOR NEW ZEALAND
John Key Former Prime Minister
"Go and have a look at Kyle Lockwood's Flag"
The following are supporters of a new flag in general and quotes have been used by permission from the Late Lloyd Morrison, trustee of the nzflag.com trust.
Dame Cath Tizard Former Governor General
Sir Geoffrey Palmer Former Prime Minister
COLIN MEADS FORMER ALL BLACK CAPTAIN, DCNZM, MBE
SIR RICHARD HADLEE KBE, MBE, INTERNATIONAL CRICKETER
"Personally, I think this is a very tasteful and appropriate design. It screams New Zealand,
I am a long time English immigrant to New Zealand, and both my husband, who is German, and I think a change is long overdue. When I looked at your picture of the flag which you present, and what it represents, it literally brought tears to my eyes. I think it is just beautiful, and I hope one day we shall see it flying to represent New Zealand wherever we go. I sincerely hope we shall see the change within my lifetime.
Joan Roesch. Lower Hutt
I love that flag and I'm someone who hasn't thought about changing it, not really seeing the necessity until now. That's the best alternative I've seen!
A. Rentzios. Wellington
I LIKE that flag! Immediately identifiable as kiwi - but with a nod to the history of the present flag. Great idea.
Rachael Shamy. Wellington
Soldier Supports Change
I have served overseas with the NZ Defence Force (Army on several occasions) and find that it is very annoying , embarrassing and at times very dangerous to serve under a flag which is frequently confused with the Australian flag. Whilst overseas we are supposed to wear the NZ Flag badge along with the kiwi roundel, the latter of which I strongly support. However, with the situation Australia is now in, being seen as the third country in support of the USA, this can be very dangerous if foreigners confuse our flag with that of Australia. Some of our old soldiers may disagree with my comments, however, I would suggest they did not
serve in a time when international volatility was so widespread. I strongly support the change of our flag to having a design which is unique and closely associated to the uniqueness of New Zealand.
Nigel Gattsche. Ellsmere, Canterbury
For the last two years I've lived in Australia and have been very concerned about how the image of New Zealand is portrayed over here. The recent ANZAC celebrations were a prime example of how Australians see New Zealand as a partner in the World Wars etc. There was little mention of New Zealand in build-ups to the Gallipoli commemorations and I felt by looking at our flag how much they were the same. We need our own identity with our main focus on the silver fern and kiwi images. We could still retain the general perspective of the flag but add the fern and make it more recognisable to those of us who choose to live overseas but are still very proud Kiwis.
David M Lysons-Smith. Acacia Ridge, Brisbane