A crusade to get rid of New Zealand’s look-alike flag

Published on March 29th, 2015

Forty years of frustration has resulted in Tauranga pensioner Ken Campbell mounting a personal crusade to get rid of New Zealand’s look-alike flag.

The issue has bugged him since the 1970s when he was driving in a transtasman speedway test and seeing two near-identical flags fluttering above the stadium.

“It’s confusing – it’s time for a change.”

Mr Campbell’s decision to take his campaign to the media could not have been better timed with the two countries battling it out for cricketing supremacy yesterday.

He said New Zealanders weren’t driving around in “Tin Lizzie” Model T Fords any more, so why should they be stuck with a flag that dated back to 1902.

The 71-year-old has designed two flags, one reminiscent of the current flag and the other more akin to the design favoured by Prime Minister John Key.

Mr Campbell said it was embarrassing when Americans mistook New Zealand’s flag for Australia’s at the successful 1995 America’s Cup challenge by the Sir Peter Blake-led team off San Diego.

He remembers Americans saying “what are you Aussies doing here” when they spotted the flag.

The memory spurred him to fly an alternative flag in Shed 10 on Auckland’s waterfront during the successful challenge by Oracle for the America’s Cup in 2013.

Changing the flag did not mean New Zealanders would forget the past and how they fought under the Union Jack and Southern Cross flag.

“It is about getting our own identity. Look at how many changes there have been in New Zealand. It’s time we supported our champion athletes with a new flag.”

Source: NZ Herald, full story

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NATIONAL PRIDE: Ken Campbell of Ohauiti with flags he has designed to encourage more debate on changing New Zealand’s national flag.PHOTO/REBECCA SAVORY

 

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