Social media reacts to preliminary flag referendum results

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The New Zealand flag referendum was a hot topic on social media this evening.

Preliminary results show 1,200,003 votes were cast to keep the current flag, compared to 915,008 for the Kyle Lockwood-designed blue and silver fern design.

It comes after Prime Minister John Key kicked off the discussion about New Zealand's flag back in March 2014.

The official result is expected to be announced later this month.

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