January – more than just a flag referendum
The quality of the contributions to this month’s newsletter show just how far the party has come since the last election. We’re more confident than ever that UnitedFuture’s principles, the people we represent and the solutions we advocate for will continue to have a meaningful place in New Zealand politics.
The upcoming flag referendum is a case in point. Our flag is the banner that flies above our nation’s past achievements, but it must also reflect our aspirations for the future. This referendum is an opportunity for younger New Zealanders to have a say about what symbol will represent their New Zealand.
As we get closer to the second referendum parents and grandparents across our nation will be asked to choose the flag that will fly above their children’s future. This presents an opportunity for families to engage in a wider discussion about the relationship between citizens and the state, the values of a civil society and what it means to be a New Zealander.
Ultimately, whether we change our flag now or not, it will continue to fly long after we’re gone. It’s our duty to thoughtfully consider the views of those who live on. As a grandparent, would you cast your vote for the option your grandchildren favour over your own?