Second flag referendum closes today

1:35 pm on 24 March 2016

By the end of today, New Zealand will know if it has a new flag.

New Zealand flag and Silver Fern flag

Silver fern flag, left, and the current flag. Photo: 123RF

Voters are choosing between the current flag and the alternative blue-and-black Kyle Lockwood design in a second referendum that closes at 7pm tonight.

Preliminary results will be announced soon afterwards.

Prime Minister John Key said it had been a successful process and that he had always liked the Kyle Lockwood design but would not try to guess if it would be the winner.

John Key during caucus run 1.03.16

Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson

The fact more than 2 million people had voted in the referendum was a good sign for change, he said.

"History sort of tells you a large turnout helps and you are seeing a lot more of both the current New Zealand flag and the proposed new flag flying around New Zealand - a lot more people discussing it.

"And in so much as this has been about New Zealand and the way we represent ourselves on the world stage our nationhood then I think it's been a success just getting that many people to vote.

Mr Key said he would not be disappointed in New Zealanders if the current flag was retained.

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