MP Stuart Smith ensures new flag designs will fly in Blenheim

Kaikoura news
Friday, October 23, 2015

Kaikōura MP Stuart Smith has ensured Marlburians will see the alternative flag options fly in Blenheim ahead of the flag referendum.

The five flags arrived in Marlborough earlier this week, but did not fit the Marlborough District Council’s poles in Seymour Square, which are designed to fly banners.

Every flag which flies from the poles has to be specially altered to fit.

Mr Smith said it was important the new flags be altered as quickly as possible, so the people of Marlborough could view the five shortlisted designs and make their choice ahead of the first postal referendum between November 20 and December 11.

He said once it became clear the flags would not fit on the banner poles, he immediately arranged for them to be altered by the Flag Consideration Panel.

Mr Smith also arranged for Flag Consideration Group member Robin Paratene to liaise directly with the Marlborough District Council on how to fix the flags, so everything was done as quickly and smoothly as possible.

“The flags have been modified with 7mm shock cord rope and fitted with plastic covered hooks,” Mr Smith said.

The flags should be returned to Blenheim during this Labour Weekend, ready to fly on Tuesday alongside the existing flag.

Mr Smith extended his thanks to the Flag Consideration Panel and Marlborough District Council for working together to make sure the flags were returned as quickly as possible.

He also thanked Marlborough Returned and Services Association president John Forrest for giving permission to fly them in Seymour Square beside the war memorial clock tower.

The five flags were shortlisted from 10,292 alternative designs.

Following next month’s referendum, a second referendum will be held in March next year to choose between the final design and the existing flag.