New Zealanders have voted to keep their current flag with the Union Jack in the corner.
Provisional results this morning saw 56.6 per cent of 2.1m votes back retaining the flag that has been the country’s official emblem since 1902.
It had been up against a design that dropped the Union Jack and replaced it with black corner in the top left and a silver fern through the middle. The ‘blue and black’ option won 43.2 per cent of the vote in the largest turn-out for a referendum in New Zealand’s history.
The result is provisional – with some late votes still to be counted – but experts doubt there will be a sufficient turnaround for when the final verdict is announced next Wednesday. Read more