The RSA have asked for the current flag to be included in the first referendum .
The RSA has today sent the following letter to the Prime Minister:
Dear Prime Minister
The Royal New Zealand Returned and Services’ Association (RSA) has noted with interest reports that you are planning a law change to add a fifth option, the ‘Red Peak’ design, to the flag referendum.
As you know the RSA’s stance has always been that, if there is going to be a referendum on a flag change at all, the first vote should be a simple yes or no to our existing flag.
However, given that you are changing the law to include ‘Red Peak’, we ask that at the same time the current flag also be added to the first ballot paper.
Poll evidence suggests strong support for keeping the current flag. Allowing the New Zealand public to make their choice from all the options available in November would the simplest and most sensible solution to what has become an increasingly complicated and controversial process.
Not only would this approach streamline and speed up that process, it would eliminate the need for a costly second referendum.
BJ Clark, RSA National President