Vastavam web: New Zealand’s Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters today called on neighbouring Australia to change its flag, saying it had pinched the Kiwi banner’s design and was causing confusion.”We designed it and they borrowed it and if we wanted to clear the matter up they should change their flag,” Peters told reporters.”It must be patently obvious that all over the world people are confused. I’ve been in places like Turkey and elsewhere where they’ve confused our countries on the basis of those flags. It’s not helpful.”Peters, who is temporarily leading the country while Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is on maternity leave, feels strongly about the flag issue.
The 73-year-old also raised it earlier this week, complaining “we got there first with this design”. Opposition leader Simon Bridges ridiculed Peters’ flag preoccupation, accusing him of populism and labelling him “a poor man’s Donald Trump”. Bridges said New Zealanders he had spoken to were concerned about topics such as the economy and healthcare. “They never raised with me changing the Australian flag. That’s weird by even his (Peters’) standards,” he told parliament. New Zealand adopted its flag in 1902, while Australia’s was not officially recognised until 1954.