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The passing of the New Zealand Flag Referendums Bill would secure New Zealanders their first opportunity ever to vote on the flag that best represented them and our country, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English said in a statement Thursday.
The first postal referendum was planned to take place between Nov. 20 and Dec. 11 and would give voters the opportunity to choose a favorite from four alternative designs.
The most-preferred design from the first referendum would then go to a second binding referendum in March next year, when voters would choose between the current flag and the most preferred alternative flag.
The bill also established the process for the implementation of a new flag in the event voters decided on a new one.
Last week, the government-appointed panel charged with deciding a potential new flag for New Zealand unveiled a long list of 40 designs, chosen from 10,292 designs submitted by the public.
The panel is to decide a short list of four designs by mid- September.
Many of the 40 designs are variations of a New Zealand fern leaf or a koru (a stylized Maori fern design), and the four stars that embellish the current flag and represent the Southern Cross constellation are also a common feature.
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However, public meetings on the subject have highlighted a lack of enthusiasm for change, with few people turning out.
The entire project is expected to cost over 25 million NZ dollars (16.45 million U.S. dollars).
Political opponents have described it as a waste of money and a "vanity project" of the prime minister.
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After days of interaction, the Chinese aid workers have became friends of their patients. Indra Prasad Rajlawat, a middle-aged man who had his spine near his waist injured in the quake, found a way to "talk" with the Chinese aid workers. He managed to find a cell phone interpretation software Nike Shox NZ Bianche Argento Italia , which can convert a series of daily English texts to spoken Chinese.
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A scene from Kingsman: The Secret Service starring Taron Egerton Photo: CFP
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