I loved everything about growing up in New Zealand.
I loved the beautiful, luscious landscape, the friendly locals, the fact that no-one would turn a blind eye if you went to the supermarket in pajamas and jandals.
It was the best place for spending childhood and I will forever be thankful for being able to call it home.
Despite all of this, I won’t be proud to call myself a kiwi if New Zealand changes the flag.
Two years and $26 million NZD later, it all culminates into the preliminary result, to be released tonight at 6pm. This result will decide whether or not New Zealand will cast aside the flag that has represented our country for 114 years, to be replaced with the alternative.
I have no problem with change; change is good. Change is what we need to evolve and grow as a nation. When the first referendum on the flags came out, I voted on one I thought would represent our tiny country well, yet it was another the majority voted would represent us better.
And, honestly, it’s just plain ugly.