Did someone say Nazi salutes?...
I think he did it in a desperate attempt to save face...
Yeah, nah. Red Peak is very popular with people who hate John Key and the National Party, and quite popular amongst designers and intellectuals and "experts". It is massively unpopular with "mainstream New Zealanders" - just read the comments on MSM and social media. They are incredulous that anyone sees any merit in Red Peak for any purpose whatsoever, and deeply resent being told that they have crap taste for loving Lockwood's silver ferns. John Key is smug - not desperate. He knows that Red Peak will be utterly trounced in the referendum.
Unfortunately the 'buzz' created for Red Peak by urban liberals has ensured that it will never be our flag - just like Hundertwasser's flag and Tino Rangatiratanga, it's a symbol of division, not unity.
I don’t think adopting an existing design with strong meaning associated would be a good idea
True, which rules out the Hundertwasser flag, which is most often seen surrounded by faded rainbow wind socks and driftwood poles sporting paua shells. Personally I loathe it - and I vote Green! Lockwood's awful mess is benefiting from 15 years of promotion, whereas any version of Hundertwasser's was up against it because of previous use. It was always a complete non-starter - as the final four should have been.
And for all the bitching about lack of Design Professional input, the 10,000+ entries included plenty of awful flags from professionals.
we have a conservative, right-wing government which releases a drug policy that says "alcohol and other drug problems are first and foremost health issues." There's no use of the word "scourge", or "evil".
Perhaps another sign that the libertarian right is well in control of the stodgy, rural, conservative Nats. I guess there are winners and loser in that.
..radio jock voice...
Gotta say - my student radio listening started with RadioActive and Radio U in the 1980s, and even then it seemed that Auckland student radio was everything that was wrong with Auckland and Radio. For me it was always about great music (old and new), a bit of randomness, and a rejection of everything that smacked of commercial radio, whereas BFM seemed to be all about Formats, Egos and Radio Jocks auditioning for a role in commercial broadcasting. I always found that to be a big part of the culture shock on visits to Auckland as an angsty young'un - in my mellower old age I'll gladly take it over mumbling amateurism.
Gross-Net accounting isn't going to help NZ this time, because the existing Kyoto-compliant forests will probably be a net source by 2030 (and possibly a very large one). So unlike the 2020 target, we'll find it hard to sleep-walk our way anywhere close to meeting this one, as derisively tiny as it may be. Unless the government is planning to expose agriculture to the ETS (unlikely) or impose draconian regulations on forest management (would surprise no-one in the forest industry), it really does all seem to come down to a massive gamble on the magic methane pill and the future price of carbon credits.
I liked the idea of the nautical flag for Z that was posted above: "Someone needs a hug". That says Unzud to me. Or maybe Whiskey: "Requires medicinal assistance".
I can't understand why people want their flag to be drawn by children. We've already dumbed down politics and TV - surely everyone can see that Italy's flag is completely lacking an eagle attacking a snake above a cactus?
You mean they didn't just use Poland's flag upside down?
That such a conversation could simply be accepted in the spirit in which it was uttered is something to be bloody proud of.
Unfortunately it's the sort of thing that the Dirty Politics crew file away for later use. And if you're a public health, climate change or environmental researcher you can eventually expect your employer to be hit with a formal complaint and you may even be on the receiving end of an official reprimand. But sure - if you're already considered an outlier by National's Black Ops standards you have nothing further to worry about.
We can be proud of how we were - not so much of what we've become.
places like the EU will be able to use our foot-dragging to block our exports
Sure, they'll use that as an excuse, while they continue to subsidise their own agriculture regardless of its greenhouse gas efficiency. Whereas if we were part of the EU they'd be right beside us pleading our special circumstances, and accepting that our Agriculture sector emissions are going to be high on a per capita basis because we're not just growing food for our own domestic population.