Wellington, Mar 13 (): New Zealand Prime Minister John Key on Tuesday had announced in a speech at Victoria University that he would initiate a procedure to change the country’s flag if he wins the September elections for the third time.
The New Zealand PM called for an election on 20 September, when his government will look for a third term in office standing on a strong economic management platform.
Key opted for a September date for the election, even though last election was done in 2011 November. He did not want the poll to clash with G20 leaders’ summit meeting that will be held in November in Australia, as New Zealand has also been invited for the meeting.
Key said the nationwide vote for change of their country’s flag would be held within three years. The current national flag portrays the Southern Cross star constellation in red and in top left corner it has Union Jack of UK’s national flag.
Many complain of the flag that it is too similar to the flag of Australia and it does not reveal the independence of New Zealand from its previous coloniser, Britain.
Key said he liked silver fern – promoted by the national teams as his preference, saying determinations by the athletes of New Zealand gave “silver fern on a black background a typical and unique New Zealand characteristics”. Few like to have the same flag while others argue to have the best replacement.
Apart from his campaign about the national flag Key said that his government would campaign to offer more of steady leadership that had helped the country to recover from global financial disaster and devastating 2011 Christchurch earthquake.
The economy of New Zealand has recovered well healthily from global financial crisis of 2008, with analysts sloping growth this year by 3.5 percent, the main pick-up in the economy is due to the dairy exports.
But, with inflation intensifying after the huge construction expenditure in the quake-hit Christchurch region, experts say the central bank might soon hike the interest rates from the record-low 2.5 percent.