MPs split on flag choices

If voters are as split on flag choices as MPs the referendum result could be close and difficult to predict a winner.


NZ Herald has asked MPs which flag they will vote for. Those who indicated a choice have done so along largely along party lines, except for some National MPs against changing the flag.

  • Current flag: 42
  • Silver fern flag: 50
  • Will not say: 10
  • Undecided: 11
  • Will not vote: 3
  • Did not respond: 5

They name each of the MPs:

Most National MPs are backing change (or Key), Labour are almost all against change (or Key), all NZ First MPs have fallen in behind Winston Peters while at least the Greens are allowed to think for themselves.

Interesting that both Maori Party MPs support change.

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  1. Patzcuaro

     /  29th January 2016

    David Shearer is really in the dog house, bucking the party line on TPPA and the flag. Maybe the time he has spent overseas gives him more of an appreciation of the big picture as opposed to too much time spent in Wellington.

  2. Pickled Possum

     /  29th January 2016

    It is difficult to get a MP to understand something,
    when their salary depends on their not understanding it


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