8 Jul 2015

Fiji's PM insists flag change proposal is popular

8:14 am on 8 July 2015

Fiji's prime minister Frank Bainimarama says feedback shows the people of Fiji definitely agree on the need to change the flag.

Frank Bainimarama

Photo: RNZ / Philippa Tolley

He has pointed to information coming from feedback teams which have been visiting a range of communities and more than 70-thousand hits on the national flag website.

In a statement Mr Bainimarama said that shows participation in the process.

He said the mood for change is strong and the challenge is to find a design that speaks to everyone.

Consultations on the new flag have been extended until the end of the year after mounting debate over the need for a new flag.

A Tebbutt-Times poll published last week found 53 percent of those questioned wanted the current flag retained, and at least 86 percent would prefer to vote on the matter.