Prime Minister John Key claims to be disappointed that New Zealanders have voted to keep the current flag, but has made promises that his Government will not return to the issue.
Following the preliminary results of the referendum were announced last night, Mr Key launched a serious defence of the project, costing $26 million, opposition leaders accused him of manipulating the vote and allegedly dividing the country.
The vote was 56.6%t to 43.2% for the current national flag, and 2,124,507 individuals casted votes of 67.3%.
Key stated that he would now support the current flag. He claimed: “What this process has shown over the last three or four months is that we as a country can get out and fly our flag. We can use it, and we can show the world how proud we are of New Zealand.” Nice, Mr. Key.