World media react to New Zealand flag result

  • 25/03/2016
The laser kiwi flag. (File)
The laser kiwi flag. (File)

The world has woken up to the decision by New Zealanders not to change the current flag.

The Canadian newspaper Globe and Mail has made a comparison to Canada's historic flag change. The country shifted from a Union Jack-sporting flag to the distinctive maple leaf design in 1965.

"New Zealanders, faced with the same choice in 2016, said no thanks," wrote the publication.

Other world media have focused on the political implications for Prime Minister John Key.

The Guardian has called the vote against change a 'snub' to the Prime Minister, while the Belfast Telegraph focused on the rarity of political defeat for John Key.

The New York Times had a snigger at New Zealand's expense lamenting we didn't change to the unorthodox laser kiwi or starry-eyed-sheep designs.

World media react to New Zealand flag result

 

The Wall Street Journal chose to focus on the pointlessness eventuating from the entire process, running with the headline: New Zealand comes full circle on flag.

Newshub. / NZN

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