New Zealand has voted to keep its current flag by 57 percent to 43 percent in a nationwide poll. More than 2 million people voted in the ballot to decide whether to keep the British Union Jack on their flag or replace it with a silver fern. The results were announced Thursday.
Those advocating change argued the flag was a relic of the nation’s colonial past and too similar to Australia’s flag. Those favoring the status quo said the new design was uninspiring or an attempt by Prime Minister John Key to create a legacy.