New Zealand Had Second Thoughts About Adopting That New Flag
Some New Zealanders wanted to change the country's flag because the current design features Britain's Union Jack and looks a lot like Australia's.By Matt Moreno | March 24, 2016
After 2.1 million votes cast, $18 million spent and a monthslong redesign process, New Zealand's flag will be staying exactly the same.
During a two-part referendum, 57 percent of voters in New Zealand decided to keep the country's flag featuring Britain's Union Jack in the top left corner — a callback to when New Zealand was a British colony.
That and the similarities to Australia's flag were part of the reason New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has been so vocal about changing the design.