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New Zealand crowdsourced flag options expanded amid public pressure


By John McCarthy, Opinion Editor

September 24, 2015 | 3 min read

New Zealand’s bold referendum to crowdsource a new national flag became all the more open after a campaign to include the popular ‘Red Peak’ flag proved a success.

The initiative, the early stages of which was flooded with confounding MS Paint entries by trolls and Kiwi enthusiasts was whittled down to 40 potential designs by a panel of of cultural, art and design experts back in August.

In November, four options were to be perused by the populace, however a campaign to have the Red Peak added proved a success sparking a U-turn from PM John Key.

Key told reporters during his announcement: “In the end, I’m not wanting to be the one that stands in the way of people having some choice.”

A petition with over 50,000 signatures was brought before the Kiwi government, enforcing a last-minute change to the referendum.

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