New Zealanders will get a vote on a new national flag regardless of who is in the next government, as the main parties say they will back Prime Minister John Key's plan to hold a public referendum.
Mr Key unveiled plans yesterday to allow New Zealanders to vote for an alternative to the century-old Union Jack and Southern Cross, which, he said, symbolised a colonial era "whose time has passed".
A public referendum would be held during next parliamentary term, and separately from the 2017 election, with guidance from a cross-party group of MPs and an independent panel of experts.
Mr Key has stated his preference would be to use the silver fern on a black background (pictured).
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