Top tweets about changing the New Zealand flag

John Key

This is a selection of some of the tweets about John Key’s suggestion that New Zealand changes its flag. The tweets below are in (rough) reverse chronically order – the most recent tweets are first. More will be added.

Chris Keall @ChrisKeall

How about this: Key and Abbott do paper/scissors/rock. Loser has to change their country's flag


Encyclopedia of NZ ‏@Te_Ara

The Ministry for Culture & Heritage regularly gets new flag ideas from the public. Here are some from back in the day …


Massey University ‏@Massey_Uni_News

Black and white flag would be a mistake 


Anthony Dowling ‏@AntDowling

Flag Selection by referendum is a silly idea, may not get the 'best flag', end up being like NZ Idol where not necessarily the best wins


Dovil ‏@Dovil

Flag Debate Drags Nation Into Civil War.


Mike Dickison ‏@adzebill

Everyone’s a flag designer! Amateur vexillologists might want to study up on what makes a good flag: …


Patrick Reynolds ‏@pv_reynolds

We already have a well designed + distinctive flag that predates the current one: …


Simon Bradwell ‏@simonbradwellnz

If the NZ flag is going to be dumbed down to just a logo, why not just slap a kiwi on there and be done with it


Encyclopedia of NZ ‏@Te_Ara

In 1967 Clark Titman was probably the 1st person to raise changing the NZ flag. He really kicked something off! 


Nicholas Ross Smith ‏@1NRSmith

Just throwing it out there, but as well as a new flag, New Zealand should get a new national anthem, one which is secular...


Rob Isaac ‏@rmi

"Bold, iconic, non-racialist, and a potent symbol of our national future," said Joyce of the proposed flag design.


NZHistory ‏@NZHistory

Looks like we might need to update our NZ Flag Debate page soon: ‏@newscomauHQ

New Zealand is thinking about replacing its national flag. Do you think it needs a makeover? |


National Library NZ ‏@NLNZ

This seems like a nice flag. Let's just go with this.  #tbreaktweets


Gareth Hughes ‏@GarethMP

A new flag would be cool. An end to mass spying & new foreign policy that does good for global poverty, the climate & peace would be better


Dovil ‏@Dovil

My submission for the new flag:


Dene Mackenzie ‏@mackersline

@kiwidaveg Starting from Richie McCaw, each new All Black captain should be on the flag. No surrender there. #nzflag


Encyclopedia of NZ ‏@Te_Ara

John Key has revived the NZ flag debate. Get the low-down on the national flag & others in our Flags entry 


Lew ‏@LewSOS

If we end up with a black flag, we're gonna need Henry Rollins to compose us a new national anthem


Martyn Bradbury ‏@CitizenBomber

John Key's NZ Flag after TPPA


Dave Armstrong ‏@malosilima

See that guy in the suit? Brought back knighthoods but wants the Union Jack off our flag.#welcometofantasyisland


Immanuel Can't ‏@AceMcWicked

Rather than a national flag, why don't we have a national vision and mission statement and a set of Key Performance Indicators.


kingjohn ‏@kingjohnkeyIII

Poverty. Education. Housing. National Debt. Asset Sales. Biosecurity. Water Pollution. OOH LOOK THERES A PRETTY FLAG!


Alex Coleman ‏@ShakingStick

We should have a referendum to see if Australia should change their flag.


Hekia P ‏@HardCoreHekia

Amazing the number of media who've stopped asking me about our education policy since we started talking about changing the flag. #ChoiceAs


The Egonomist ‏@TheEgonomist

Also, in the 21st century what's keeping us from having an animated flag?


Hamish Keith ‏@hamish_keith

It would have to be a monster flag to hide 270,000 hungry children


Bounder ‏@DawgBelly

When I hear ppl say things like "men died for that flag" I think well, that was a bit bloody stupid wasnt it...


Giovanni Tiso ‏@gtiso

The RSA wants a say on the design of the flag, on semi-fascistic grounds. What about giving tangata whenua a say instead?


Alex Coleman ‏@ShakingStick

John Key thinks the NZ flag is easily confused with Australia's & would like to change it to one that might be confused with Al Qaeda's.


Clint Smith ‏@ClintVSmith5h

When Canada changed its flag, they took public submissions & had a parliamentary committee. Key wants to choose w Joyce behind Cabinet doors


Alex Coleman ‏@ShakingStick

Could someone plz, plz, ask the PM why he 'has to decide' about a flag ref given there hasn't been a CIR petition that's gained any traction

Alex Coleman ‏@ShakingStick

@LI_politico I know. 'conservative PM rly wants to change flag, retain monarchy; because patriotism, Australia day, and All blacks' #pissoff


Suzanne Duncan ‏@HuhanaDuncan

Getting a flag to match our rugby team? Clever.


Lachlan Forsyth ‏@LachlanForsyth

Re: flag debate, I know it's NZ's de facto dress code, but let's not be afraid of a bit of colour eh? A black flag? Zzzz #FlagIt


David Slack ‏@DavidSlack

Well of course he wants a silver fern on a black background. He has a beige house in Omaha. Here's the flag you want


MΔNDRID ‏@SeanNorling

What about Hotere's "Black Union Jack" as a flag option? Got to be better than something that signifies our national obsession w/ sport.


Bounder ‏@DawgBelly

Asked whether a flag debate could overshadow the Govt's messages abt more important issues, Mr Key said "Yes, thats why Im doing it."


Alex Coleman ‏@ShakingStick

we should have the world's first flag that is a gif of a kitten in a gumboot.


KOSH / Dan Satherley ‏@radioovermoscow

My pick for the new flag


KOSH / Dan Satherley ‏@radioovermoscow

If I had friends who died 'under a flag' so to speak, I don't think I'd ever want to see that flag again.


Dave ‏@caffeine_addict

No we dont need a referendum on the flag John Key. We`ll ignore your referendum. You ignored ours.


Paul S Allen ‏@paulusthebrit

Of all issues why raise the flag?! (pun intended) it is just a divisive distraction in election year from real issues like poverty, jobs etc


Keith Quinn ‏@KeithQuinn88

Let's be the first of the big 'Down Under' countries (ie; NZ or Oz) to finally shake off Mother Country from our flag. It HAS to happen!


Philip Matthews ‏@secondzeit

This is the other flag option, apparently.


Ali Ikram ‏@AliIkram

Sell 49% of the NZ flag. Mucho dinero!


Ali Ikram ‏@AliIkram

Flag will be John Key riding a gryphon by Friday.


Clint Smith ‏@ClintVSmith

Key's flag referendum clearly an attempt to distract from poverty, mortgage rates. Transparent. Won't play well with traditionalists either


Martyn Bradbury ‏@CitizenBomber

We have far more important issues in NZ than changing the flag


Metiria Turei ‏@metiria

God, please don't let Tony Ryall design the flag! #nzqt #NZCountryofDisco


Paul Harper ‏@paulharper_nzh

New New Zealand flag?


David Fisher ‏@DFisherJourno

I think we should have an all black flag, modeled on the OIA responses I get, to represent how open our public sector is. #OpenGovernment


kingjohn ‏@kingjohnkeyIII

New Zealand flag should be a silver fern on a black background, and we'll pay royalties to The All Blacks at every flag hoisting.


Toby Manhire ‏@toby_etc

As part of coalition agreement, Winston Peters wins right to choose new flag for the


Laura McQuillan ‏@mcquillanatorz

Okay, so it's just a rough concept, but maybe a change of flag is a good idea?


Danyl Mclauchlan ‏@danylmc

Yesterday: Hone Harawira. Today: Change the flag? Tomorrow's gotta be boat people or Key calling for a debate on the cutest weather-girl


Jorde ‏@JordanMcCluskey

Changing the flag would mean a lot to me, but I would rather we focussed on economic growth, the surplus and environmental protection


Liam Kernaghan ‏@liamkernaghan

We could have spent the week talking about Labour banning Facebook. Now we will spend it deciding which colours should be on our flag.


Nikki Kaye ‏@nikkikaye

Do you think we should change our NZ flag? I would personally vote yes for change 


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The PM really has his priorities screwed. Changing the flag the last thing we need. Jobs Jobs Jobs Mr Key !! Give this country some tools to enable economic growth instead of floundering around on pathetic deflecting issues.

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don't change the Flag,
any way who wants a white feather as a flag.
Just wait the Aussies will change there flag soon & we will have a awesome Flag.
if you keep changing the flag it starts to mean nothing

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Your flag is red stars on a blue background.
We have white stars ,plus two extra,on the same background.
New Guinea has the same amount of stars as yourselves,adopted when it broke away from Australia. As you are part of Australasia as we are and so many of the nations down here share the Southern Cross,I believe it has something to do with your insecurity,God knows why,that you really don't want to be associated with Australia and it will give you a separate have that already.Know who you are and love it.

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A black and white logo for a flag. Such an introverted view; essentially dumbing the flag down to a sports jersey. You could also include an Adidas logo in the bottom corner.

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The flag has been raised by government that either chooses to be republic or monarchy... we are not defined by a flag.The walk towards forgiveness is neverending voices and faces from places unknown continue challenges of change.. NZ has placed itself against apartheid ..I LIVE IN AHITEIRIA AND OUR FLAG IS COMMON TO THE WEALTH ,,,

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Keys your only agenda is to set up corporate government. Since 1986 when Palmer repealed the 1852 NZ constitution the government since then has no legal ground upon which to operate here. TPPA is the agenda. Say NO

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