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Nick Kean / Flickr

Political attention in the United States is already centered on next year’s presidential election.  But a national vote coming next year in New Zealand has a different focus—and new developments this week. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

New Zealanders are getting a chance to change their national flag.

The one in use since 1902 features the British Union Jack in the upper left hand corner, with four red stars representing the Southern Cross constellation on a blue background.

Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

 

   The flag of the state of Hawaii is not the only one to use the British Union Jack as part of its design. Many former colonies and territories use it. New Zealand is one...but that may be changing. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr Commons/ Nick Kean
Flickr Commons/ Nick Kean

  The British Union Jack has been part of the Hawaiian flag for nearly two hundred years. And for well over a century, it’s been part of New Zealand’s flag as well. But that may be on its way to changing. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

As you get your American flag out this week for Independence Day, take a look at it and see if it is in good condition. If not, it may be time to properly dispose of it. From Hawaii Island, HPR's Sherry Bracken reports on a group that will help with that.