So, a corporate logo it is then?
I also compared it to clothing. The flag is not clothing, unless you're Australian.
It is a flag. An item with symbolic meaning that is used for a range of practical purposes and which is necessary for any nation-state in the modern world.
Just by the way, New Zealand has grassy-green or snowy-white mountains. Australia has red peaks. Red peak has no meaning for New Zealand.
Actually, the soil of many of our most iconic maunga is brown or red (particularly in our volcanic regions). They are capped with white, in the form of snow or cloud.
But if you weren't an inner-city latte-sipper, you'd know this.
Matthew clearly doesn't pop in here often enough to realise that "many of us here" don't actually support Red Peak either -- except as a protest against the infernal nonsense of the process and of the officially sanctioned proposals.
f you weren’t an inner-city latte-sipper,
Excuse me. I do not have milk with my coffee. That is unforgivably vulgar.
Red Peak was always a middle class gang-patch
1.2 million voters cannot be completely wrong.
Of course they can, after all, do we not have John Key as our prime minister?
the pirates of pennants...
on the Auckland Harbour Bridge alongside the current ensign.
Or furled above Mt Victoria
I have seen several 'displays' of the 5 alternative flags around Chchch - but none of them also included the existing flag by way of a 'control' contrast
- I am assuming / hoping those displays will now be replaced with the two 'finalists' for the final 'flag poll' in March...
Perhaps swimming costume and evening wear version categories could be introduced to spice things up in the final days...
Other exposure ploys might involve two helicopters dragging large versions across the skies of each major city ( Zardoz-like) and subliminal blipverts on the telly, airships with football field-sized video screens would be too much to hope for...
If you weren’t an inner-city latte-sipper,
Ok then, Steinlager swilling redneck?.
I also compared it to clothing. The flag is not clothing, unless you’re Australian
Or Sean Plunket.
subliminal blipverts on the telly...
Shhhh, that's already happening.
Or Sean Plunket.
a flag for a brave neo world...
though I think the 'Matarikix' needs a Red Pill as well as cyan and yellow...
(and that bottom blue strip is buzzing my BNZ logo receptors.)
a 21st century review of national identity involving republicanism and our post colonial progress; with proper design standards applied, might have been a healthy exercise for the nation–but really the flag should be at half mast over this cynical rebranding exercise timed to bookend the “rubber wool cub”
New Zealand has grassy-green or snowy-white mountains. Australia has red peaks. Red peak has no meaning for New Zealand.
You’ll never look up in this country and see a red Southern Cross in a blue sky either. And I would say a white mountain with a red core is actually highly meaningful for New Zealand, if you’re going to go the route of judging flags as if they were geography lessons.
Given the energy that went into promoting fern based options like the Lockdoow flags, and that they just look that much more like our current flag than Red Peak does, I’m not surprised they did so well. Red Peak couldn’t really compete with the recognition factor of the Blue Ensign and Silver Fern combined. I don’t think 1.2 million voters were entirely wrong – their choice – but I do suspect that number includes quite a few people who voted for the flag/s most similar to our current ensign and who will probably vote for retention of the current flag in March. It’ll be interesting to see how it goes.
The Point Chevalier & Aro Valley comment is a cheap shot and beneath you. 150,000 votes is a fair number of New Zealanders, especially for a design that was basically completely unknown until after the shortlist was announced. They chose an interesting design in opposition to the Lockwood options, possibly not in any expectation that it would ever win. Can I suggest you stop projecting your contempt for these particular New Zealanders onto other people?
What does Winston think?
End embarrassing flag change farce
Rt Hon Winston Peters
New Zealand First Leaders
Member of Parliament for Northland
12 December 2015
With 1,791,706 voters ignoring or lodging an informal vote in the first flag referendum, New Zealand First is calling on the government to end the flag farce.
“A clear majority of New Zealanders, some 62%, have sent the clearest possible message to Prime Minister John Key on his $26.4 million vanity project,” says the New Zealand First Leader and Member of Parliament for Northland Rt Hon Winston Peters.
“The referendum proved there’s no mood for engagement in this costly circus nor for changing the flag.
“Some 1.64 million voters abstained on a constitutional referendum while the informal vote was third. This provides empirical evidence that most New Zealanders want the whole thing scrapped.
“The number of informal votes, at 148,022, is unprecedented in our democracy given there were only about 38,000 cast in the 2014 General Election.
“There are still many supporting the claim that we must have a silver fern, yet none of these white symbols on the flag choices represents anything like our special fern – in simple English, it’s silver underside is its uniqueness hence the name.”
What does Winston think?
You're missing a comma.
Dalziel and the fern analogy
...look out for our new album...
Logging in the Metaphorest
The difficult second album, especially after the well received yet raw earthiness of the Bracken Brew debut.
A pteridologist's wet dream!
in fact a moist reverie just brushed my brow
What if... as ferns are good at fixing atmospheric nitrogen and processing it, the solution to dairy-caused pollution might be to have orchards of silver ferns / ponga with repurposed irrigators spraying aerosolised urine and nitrogen in solution over them to catalyse the process.
NB: this has been sprinkled with $10 words which may not mean what I think they mean - but hey, it's just a passing fancy....
the flag fiasco seems a text book example of attempted manufactured consent
What does Winston think?
You’re missing a comma.
What? does Winston think?
I think perhaps a question mark?
But the answer is a resounding yes.
Given a choice between conspiracy or cock-up, I always think the more likely is the omnishambles (as George so adroitly put it)
Nothing wrong with seeing it as a cocked-up conspiracy. Alex did say " attempted manufactured consent".
your country and your fellow citizens. Many of you seem to hold them in contempt.
nah, you're thinking of Bradbury and co
No more than Qantas would stop being an airline if it flew aircraft with white tails. It would find its job considerably harder though.
Really? You'll find, if you look, that plenty of flights booked through Qantas are actually on Air New Zealand planes (as one example).
Indubitably my good fellow, as cromulent in their efficacy as symbolically staved tea towels .
You'll probably repeat it confidently on National Radio though, at which point it becomes truth.
Which is really the whole point about "manufacturing consent". Read your Chomsky, man! ;-)