Auckland motelier Peter Ranson says his five-month head start on flying one of the referendum flags came about entirely by chance.
He ran the red, white and blue flag up the pole at his Greenlane Manor Motel in April in preference to his old Motel Association of New Zealand flag, which was wearing thin.
"Our existing flag had got a bit tatty and we'd just done a whole lot of refurbishing at the hotel, so we thought a little bit of rebranding, a different flag." The new-look flag, designed by Kyle Lockwood, had been in full view to the public on the Great South Rd premises, but Mr Ranson said it had not received a lot of attention.
"Nobody's said anything, but I have had a few people just stand underneath it and look up and probably think, 'Oh yeah, this is interesting'."
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One major argument has been that a new flag would disrespect soldiers who fought under the current one, an argument Mr Ranson disagreed with. "They fought for the country."
Mr Ranson bought the flag from www.silverfernflag.org, a website which supports changing the flag.