16 Jul 2009

New flag seen as needed for all NZ - not just Maori

6:47 am on 16 July 2009

Labour MP Shane Jones says the whole country needs a new flag, not just Maori.

The Government is consulting on which flag should fly alongside the New Zealand flag on Auckland Harbour Bridge next Waitangi Day.

Waatea News reports the four options include the black and red tino rangatiratanga or Maori sovereignty flag; the New Zealand flag; the New Zealand red ensign; and the 1835 Busby or United Tribes flag which flies on marae in Waitangi.

Mr Jones says the whole exercise reeks of shallowness and insularity and there should be a process to find a new flag for New Zealand instead.