Illustrator Toby Morris condemned the process as "design by committee" and noted that the structural issues were so obvious that he and other designers were able to predict the selections and outcome as soon as the process was announced. , Shortly after announcing the referendum, party leaders were invited to a cross-party group. 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Key will now be supporting the current flag, and he hopes to see more of it at events like sports games. So, the current flag is here to stay for the time being. The official numbers tell the story, with 56.6 per cent of eligible voters - 1,200,003 people - opting to retain the existing flag, while 915,008 people chose Lockwood's Silver Fern. This general design was John Key's preferred proposal.  According to journalist Grant McLachlan, the panel consulted a Nike shoe designer and not any vexillologists. , Various members of parliament accused the process and documents of being biased. Analysis: what will the referendum mean for the PM? A handful of countries have changed their flag in recent decades, most notably South Africa in 1994 and Canada in 1965. Each column represents a vote count.  Crowdsourcing has especially proved unsuitable for tasks that require training or expertise. During World War II, Prime Minister Peter Fraser received suggestions to include a MÄori emblem on the flag. By the end of today, New Zealand will know if it has a new flag. Preliminary results were released on the night of 11 December; official results were declared on 15 December. Matthew Hooton pointed out that there would have been sufficient national momentum in the aftermath of the 2011 Rugby World Cup instead. "This money could have funded a frontline melanoma drug like Keytruda, provided 5500 more hospital operations, made 43,000 state houses warm and dry, or hired 250 more police officers.  In hindsight, the National Business Review suggests that politicisation contributed to the referendum's failure, because the debate and the alternative flag designs were so heavily associated with Key and the National Party rather than the actual flag change itself. , On 24 March 2016, the preliminary results of the second referendum were announced with the current flag winning 56.7% compared to 43.3% for the new flag..  From the submitted designs they found the most common colours were white, blue, red, black, and green. More than two million people have now voted in the year-long multimillion dollar flag referendum, with more than 1.2 million votes in favour of retaining the current design, which has been the official New Zealand emblem since 1902. Polls have consistently shown the current flag is in front.  Missing elements included clear research questions, artistic criteria, requirements elicitation, prototyping, monetary reward, direct public consultation on the longlist and shortlist selections, design iteration, deadline extensions and consideration of choice architecture such as randomisation. He admitted Kiwis "gave the alternative flag a chance", but gave credit to the those that turned up to prevent the change. "Panel members were admittedly influenced by this and three of the four flag options featured ferns. By focusing on defeating Key himself and criticising the integrity of the process at every stage, the public was split along political party lines and it devolved into a referendum on Key, with many voting for the current flag as a protest vote against him. Total votes in first flag referendum â 1,543,362; Total party votes, 2014 general election â 2,104,707; So thatâs a healthy turnout. Alex Crouch is a 2014 journalism graduate from Southampton Solent University. Before New Zealand can change its flag, we must first embrace MÄori culture and integrate it completely into the New Zealand lifestyle. Denis O'Rourke said that the shortlisting process was undemocratic because the Flag Consideration Panel would select the final flag design options on behalf of New Zealanders. "Time and again we heard voters say there were higher priorities for the $26 million the referendum cost taxpayers. 21 Mar 2016.  Official documents depicting the current flag, such as driver licences, would have been phased out as a matter of course – in the case of driver licences, this would have been when licences are renewed and would therefore have taken up to 10 years. New Zealand is appealing to the public to design and vote on a new flag, and the results are as weird and wonderful as youâd expect. For several decades, alternative designs have been proposed, with varying degrees of support. Change the NZ Flag campaign leader Lewis Holden opined that the flag debate "has only just begun". This result confused Malcolm Mulholland of the Flag Consideration Panel, who believed they had adequately engaged with Māori during their nationwide tour.  For comparison, the North American Vexillological Association's accepted flag design process also involves soliciting public design suggestions, but these submissions are seen only by design experts and vexillologists who then evaluate the entries and make necessary refinements or make new designs based on the suggestions.  David King pointed out that a stronger brand image for the country could lead to a net financial gain, especially through exports and tourism, with Key pointing out the precedent of Canada changing to its current maple-leaf flag. Detailed results can be viewed on the Electoral Commissionâs website. 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During their public submission intake phase the RSA launched the "Fight for the Flag" campaign, also backed by New Zealand First, to reverse the question order and first ask if New Zealanders want a flag change. Public consultation took place between May and June 2015. Nearly 57% of those voting preferred the current flag. Stuart Nash presented quotes in the Regulatory Impact Statement document admitting that referendum options were restricted by prior decisions by the National Party dominated Cabinet and prime minister, accusing them of pre-determining the process. This result would not have changed the coat of arms (which includes the current national flag), national Māori flag, nor the flags of Associated States (Cook Islands and Niue), nor the New Zealand Red Ensign (merchant marine), White Ensign (naval), (both incorporating Union Flags) police flag and fire service flag (which are based on the current flag).  The panel stated that it consulted vexillologists (flag experts) and designers to ensure that the flags chosen were workable and had no impediments. , From the 10,292 submitted designs, the Flag Consideration Panel deliberations resulted in their selection of a 'long list' shortlist of 40 designs (announced to the public on 10 August 2015). " Old flags would have been replaced once worn out. Trevor Mallard and Phil Goff cited the results of recent opinion polls that showed public opposition or apathy to a flag change. Hover over the rectangles and the links to see how many votes were counted and transferred. , Key defended the cost of the referendum by stating that it was the price to ensure a genuine democratic process and would be a one-off cost for the next "50 to 100 years" regardless of the result. Preliminary results of the binding referendum are expected to be announced about 8.30pm tonight after voting closes at 7pm. 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