$458m to change passport flags?

This is about as pathetic as it can get, even by Winston Peters’ attention seeking standards. It sounds like Peters is going to extremes to try and influence the flag referendum.

Changing flag on NZ passports could cost $458M — NZ First

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says he has since done some further investigating.

“We asked the Minister of Internal Affairs what would the cost be if every valid New Zealand passport had to be recalled and re-issued,” says Mr Peters.

“The minister replied ‘from $0 to $458,221,788’. So, the cost of changing the passports would be $458 million, but by saying $0 suggests no reissue is contemplated by the Government.

“If the alternative flag was adopted we would have the bizarre situation of having our passports with one flag, and our country with another flag.”

He seems to be claiming both extremes, but neither makes any sense.

It would be ridiculous cancelling and reissuing all passports.

And complaining about “the wrong flag” on passports is stupid. You have too look closely to even see the flag on passports (as part of the coat of arms), it’s not identifiable in silver on black on the front cover, and barely identifiable in colour on the inside cover.

There are plenty of prominent silver ferns on the outside and inside of both covers and also on the coat of arms.

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If Peters wants to get his passport replaced with one with a new flag on it he’s welcome to pay for it himself. I doubt that anyone else would care.

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17 Comments

  1. kiwi dave

     /  21st March 2016

    changing Peters would cost nothing!

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  2. Brown

     /  21st March 2016

    This is where things get serious in theory. The flag appears all over the place as a symbol of authority with legal standing to make life very difficult for citizens who get on the wrong side of bureaucrats. You don’t just ‘run off” legal stuff like a model of car because its inconvenient or expensive to do it legally. Notwithstanding that, I think Peters is a two faced twit who would happily waste money on anything that took his fancy.

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  3. Robby

     /  21st March 2016

    Winston won’t have to pay for it Pete, as the flag won’t be changing 😉 . It is sometimes said that “Any publicity is good publicity”……

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  4. Gezza

     /  21st March 2016

    Winston wins again.

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    • I don’t think there’s going to be a sudden surge of no change votes.

      I wonder why the media keep publishing his nonsense without holding him to account – Colin Craig was nowhere near as bad but got hammered, and Andrew Little was hounded through last week for relatively minor oddities.

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      • Robby

         /  21st March 2016

        IMHO Pete, ‘Creepy Colin’ was far worse. Winston has been around long enough to know how ‘the game’ is played, and that is exactly what he is doing. Of course there won’t be a sudden surge of no change votes, anything posted after today will be unlikely to get delivered in time.

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      • Gezza

         /  21st March 2016

        Winston just wins every time he gets free publicity Pete. Those who don’t like him never will. Those who love him always will. Those who are neutral either find his chutzpah amusing or just decide whether they agree with him or not based on the issue.

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  5. Robby

     /  21st March 2016

    This just in from the Herald:
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11609455
    Pay particular attention to the time & date at the top 😀

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    • Getting a a bit ahead of themselves. I know what that can be like, it’s easy to mistype things and not check carefully enough, but the post date would usually be automatic, or it is on blogs anyway.

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  6. Iceberg

     /  21st March 2016

    When he finally leaves this mortal coil I’d like to be there to drape a flag over his coffin. I’d take holy water and a stake just to sure.

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  7. Exactly how many voters does Mr Peters expect to influence before the referendum closes on Thursday? And he’s only just thought about the ongoing cost of a change? One must wonder how much he and his party are costing NZ, I suspect the $26m pales in significance.

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    • Robby

       /  21st March 2016

      Exactly how many voters does Mr Peters expect to influence before the referendum closes on Thursday?

      None, and I suspect he is well aware of this

      One must wonder how much he and his party are costing NZ, I suspect the $26m pales in significance.

      I suspect not, but it is irrelevant. As several pro-change commenters have stated here before, “It is the price of democracy”.
      As I opined earlier, any publicity is good publicity…. 😉

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      • “any publicity is good publicity” I get the general idea, but in this case it simply confirms my poor opinion of Peters and reinforces my intention to never support NZ First while he’s at the helm. Good publicity? Yeah, nah.

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