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Thursday October 15, 2015

Flags “in action”

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The five flag options in the upcoming referendum are now flying above the Wellington Town Hall. The flags were hoisted on the Civic Square side of the Wellington Town Hall on Monday. Mayor Celia Wade-Brown said it allowed the public to view the flags “in action” and helped them make a more informed decision on the merits of each design. “Flying the five alternatives as well as the current New Zealand flag provides an opportunity for Wellingtonians to compare each when they are fluttering in a brisk capital breeze. “We’ll be able to choose which of the designs looks best

in action, instead of just in print, online or on screen. “This will help the public make an informed decision about the choices in November.” The current New Zealand flag will continue to fly atop the Municipal Office Building in Civic Square. Under the process set by the government, New Zealanders can vote in a postal ballot in November to choose their most preferred design. A second referendum in March 2016 will pit the winning design against the current flag.  Do you think New Zealand needs a new flag? Send us an email – news@wsn.co.nz

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The five flag options for the upcoming referendum fluttering above Wellington’s Town Hall.

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Boy campaigns for native bird

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Continued from page 2 “I found out about it from a friend about a month before the competition started. We had just been out to Eastbourne where there are Banded Dotterels nesting. “I took photos they were really cute and I really liked them.” It was then that George decided to sign up as campaign manager for the Banded Dotterel in this year’s competition. George has since set up a Facebook page, a Twitter page and a website. He is now asking the community to get behind his plight and help see the Banded Dotterel be crowned Bird of the Year. The young boy’s passion for birds has seen him soar to new heights in the Wellington birding community. George is a member of the central passerine banding group and is one of the founders of Young Birders New

Zealand, a club he has started up with three friends. Together the group has created a website and they release an online magazine once every two months. “The club is to get more people involved in birding. Currently we don’t have many young birders in New Zealand and we need more because it will die out otherwise.” George has also landed the job of youth ambassador for Zealandia and he is training to lead tours around the sanctuary. He is also the youngest person to ever lead a night tour at Zealandia. George is asking everyone to jump online and help see the Banded Dotterel be crowned Bird of the Year. He said because they were particularly vulnerable, he hoped winning the competition would help create a strong profile.

PHOTO CREDIT: Peter Reese TO VOTE for the Banded Dotterel head to birdoftheyear. org.nz. Voting closes at 5pm on Sunday October 25. The winner will be announced on October 26.

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