Kiwi rally star Hayden Paddon is waving the flag for flag change.

Paddon was seeing stars, the wrong number of them, after an ensign mix-up at the Swedish Rally had the Aussie flag representing New Zealand.

Paddon and co-driver John Kennard finished second, becoming the first non-Europeans to stand on the Swedish rally podium.

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I'm all for a New Zealand flag change. On our adventures we are often mistaken for our west island cousins, and even...

Posted by Hayden Paddon on Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Paddon posted: "I'm all for a New Zealand flag change. On our adventures we are often mistaken for our west island cousins, and even just last week there were occurrences where our flags got mixed up. A new flag would give our country a clear identity worldwide which everyone would reap awards from for generations to come. Of course there are always 2 sides to arguments and I'm no politician."

Indeed, his fans were seeing the other side. Responses included:

"Love your work, and I'm one of your biggest fans but NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO flag change."

"If you're changing the flag only because we get confused from time to time with another country then that's quite sad."