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The group running the flag
referendum has just released a set of 40
flag designs from which the final four
will most likely be chosen for the vote
The head of the Flag Consideration
Project, Professor John Burrows
said the potential new flag had to
be unmistakably from New Zealand
“and celebrate us as a progressive,
inclusive nation that is connected to its
environment and has sense of its past
and vision for its future”.
“ It is important that those designs
are timeless, can work in a variety
of contexts, are simple, uncluttered,
balanced and have good contrast.”
He said the designs would be
subject to further robust checks
and verification, including intensive
intellectual property review.
The public will be asked to vote for
their favourite among the final four
chosen and then another referendum
next year will pit the current flag
against the most popular alternative.
Prof Burrows said the panel would
announce the four final alternatives by
The legislation setting up the
two referendum is going through
Parliament at present.
The two votes and consultation are
budgeted to cost $26 million.
While Labour’s own policy is to
review the flag, it has objected to the
National-led flag review, saying it is
a “vanity project ” of Prime Minister
Labour leader Andrew Little wants
next year’s referendum ditched if the
first one attracts less than half the
eligible number of voters.
The Government set up a cross-party
parliamentary committee which New
Zealand First boycotted.
The 40 flags have been submitted by
Groups campaigning for a change
have welcomed the release of the 40
Lewis Holden, of Change the New
Zealand Flag, noted that not one of
the 40 featured a Union Jack.
The hard question would now be
asked: “Should we have a silver fern or
a koru? Should we keep the Southern
A group pushing for a silver fern flag
said five silver fern designs had been
“ Like the maple leaf to Canada, the
silver fern ‘screams New Zealand’, ”
Kyle Lockwood, a spokesman for
Silver Fern Flag, said.
“ It’s not just a mere sports symbol.
In far off fields lie our soldiers who
made the ultimate sacrifice, forever
memorialised under the silver fern,”
The silver fern was on army and
navy logos, on firefighter, police and
sports uniforms, on money, passports,
national airlines and soon to be on
rockets sending satellites into space,
“ It’s our national symbol and it ’s time
we put it on our flag.”
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Flag finalists unfurled
Westport St John cadet Bridie
Kitchin was named West Coast
district cadet of the year at the West
Coast St John Youth annual district
competition, held at Shantytown
Cadets from Westport, Runanga,
Reefton, Greymouth and Hokitika
took part. Winners from the
intermediate and senior events will
head to the regional St John Youth
competition in Christchurch next
First step pairs aggregate:
Isaac Boere, Cameron Dickey
(Greymouth) 1, Riley Murray,
Andreas McBirney (Westport)
2, Iris Reynolds, Lilly Thomas
Junior team aggregate: Tazmin
Ericksen, Tui Marama, Georgia
Marris, Elsie Dwyer (Westport)
1; Ruby Rae-Wood, Lachlan
Paterson, Matthew Stone, Hayley
Westport) 2; Grace Bryant, Sophia
Brown, Samantha Sixtus-Jones,
Joleen Ericksen (Westport) 3.
Junior individual aggregate: Alle
McBirney (Westport) 1, Caitlin
Gaunson (Greymouth) 2, Vanessa
Hutt (Greymouth) 3.
Intermediate team aggregate:
Micaela Aldridge, Henry Hitchins,
Joseph Murray, Andrew Lomax-
Sawyers (Westport) 1; Jazmin
Michael Wallace, Ravin Brown
Intermediate individual aggregate:
Rata Roa (Westport) 1, Thomas
Rooney (Greymouth) 2, Lachlan
Anderson (Hokitika) 3.
Senior pairs aggregate: Bridie
Kitchin, Bria Murray (Westport)
1; Rebekah Collins, Jethro Tighe
(Westport) 2; Catherine Billings,
Charlotte Gibbons (Hokitika) 3.
Stacey Sheehan (Greymouth) 1.
Perseverance award: Grace Bryant
(Westport). Novice award: John
Colour party: Rebekah Collins,
Bridie Kitchin, Bria Murray,
Joseph Murray (Westport) 1;
Annaleise Fletcher, Prue Bourke,
Angus Wallace, Fergus Wallace
Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary
Award: Angus Wallace (Greymouth),
Fergus Wallace (Greymouth).
West Coast district cadet of the
year: Bridie Kitchin (Westport).
Picture page pg7
St John competition winners
A woman who was forced
to give up all her animals and
banned from owning any more
for 10 years is challenging the
Anne Power was found guilty
of recklessly ill-treating a horse
and causing its death, after a
two-day trial at the North Shore
District Court in March.
At sentencing three months
later, Judge Nevin Dawson
accepted the SPCA’s suggestion
for Power to forfeit her many
animals and he imposed the
In the High Court at Auckland
yesterday afternoon her lawyer
Dan Gardiner argued against
both her conviction and sentence,
calling it a “miscarriage of
He questioned the recklessness
of the alleged act and whether
the alleged recklessness actually
led to the death of the 32-year-
Mr Gardiner said it was
accepted by the judge that Power
loved animals and had spent
$30,000 on veterinary bills over
the past five years.
He said tests undertaken
after the horse died showed it
suffered from “a number of latent
conditions” that may not have
been spotted by a lay person, thus
making recklessness unlikely.
The lawyer submitted the
judge did not assess the evidence
correctly, disregarding issues that
did not fit the prosecution’s case.
Shortly after sentencing, the
SPCA seized 56 cattle and sold
them at auction.
Counsel for the SPCA John
Billington, QC, said Judge
Dawson “made tenable findings
of fact ” on the evidence as a
whole and could not be criticised
for the decision he made or the
way he arrived at it.
He rejected the appellant ’s
suggestion the judge had not
made a logical, reasoned ruling
and said the circumstances were
“This animal was star ved to
death, it was neglected and it
suffered excruciating pain prior
to its death.” He pointed to
evidence that arose during the
trial, which showed the horse had
been left in a paddock for 10 days
with insufficient food.
The judge reser ved her decision.
Auckland-based Rocket Lab has
released details of prices and the on-line
booking system for carrying “nano-
satellites” into space.
The system, announced early yesterday
at a conference in Utah, enables
customers wanting to put up Cube Sat
“nano-satellites” to request a booking on
Rocket Lab’s Electron, selecting a date,
destination and allowing them to select
their position on the rocket.
“ Many organisations need to start
utilising satellites to provide competitive
advantages in their daily work — be it
resource management, data gathering, or
improved communications technology,”
Cube Sats can be configured to be
as small as a 100mm by 100mm cube,
weighing less than 2kg. They can be
used for ser vices including weather
monitoring, maritime data gathering,
crop optimisation and natural disaster
Rocket Lab will charge between
$75,530 and $135,954 for a single
satellite of the smallest size. Prices for
the larger 3u (unit) size satellite range
between $271,909 and $377,652.
Launch prices go up or down based
on available space and proximity to the
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
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