NZ FLAG FACT NUMBER 6
Among the commonly expressed arguments for changing the New Zealand flag are the following.
First, some people believe that because New Zealand is no longer a British colony, New Zealanders should have a flag that represents the country. New Zealand’s official constitutional status in 1869 (when the current flag was designed and proclaimed) and in 1902 (when that flag was recognised, through legislation, as New Zealand’s official flag) was as a British colony.
The superior position of the Union Jack in the canton (top left corner of a flag) has led to people commenting that they would prefer a symbol unique to New Zealand. Suggestions over the years have predominantly focussed on the Southern Cross, the silver fern and the kiwi.
Second, the New Zealand flag is often confused with Australia’s flag. There are numerous examples of this confusion. The most recent was when TV New Zealand reporter Jack Tame randomly asked over fifty people in New York’s Times Square what country the flag belonged to. Only four people (two from New Zealand) responded with the correct answer. The majority thought it was Australia’s; others thought it was Britain’s.
Third, many New Zealanders have noted that New Zealand’s demography has changed significantly since 1902 and have stated that its multicultural population could be better represented in the flag.
From New Zealand Flag Facts by historian Malcolm Mulholland. Read more at: