1 Feb 2010

Call for new name, flag and national anthem

3:52 pm on 1 February 2010

The author of a book calling for New Zealand to adopt a new name, flag and national anthem says next weekend's Waitangi celebrations will be ideal place to launch the work.

Historian Malcolm Mulholland says Weeping Waters which features contributions by 14 prominent Maori, will kick off debate in a year when the Government has promised constitutional reform.

He told Waatea News the symbols of name, flag and anthem must be changed.

Mr Mulholland said he knows the book will be controversial, but hoped New Zealanders will listen to its messages.