Flags are stupid, they seem to cause so much anger and isn't our desire to fight for our flag as stupid as gang members who fight for their colors? Take this whole Maori flag on the Harbour Bridge business, should the bridge authorities fly the Maori flag on Waitangi day? Of course they should have, it is disingenuous in the extreme to all our collective intelligences that in an attempt to justify their decision, they try and invoke some ridiculous claim regarding only soverign nations can fly their flag over the bridge. The problem with their bullshit reasoning is that they themsleves have broken that protocol several times before (flying the scottish flag and the welsh flag), they've done it again by flying the European Union flag, to turn down the Maori flag just looks spiteful.
Flags are really stupid.
Bridge flag angers Maori MP
The European Union flag on the harbour bridge yesterday. Photo / Brett Phibbs
Maori Party MP Hone Harawira says he is appalled that Transit allowed the European Union flag to fly on Auckland Harbour bridge. "I'm referring this to the Race Relations Office," said Mr Harawira. "It's an insult to Maori, and an insult to the intelligence of all New Zealanders. "Transit can't say that we won't fly your [Maori] flag because it doesn't represent a country, and then go and fly another one that doesn't represent a country. "It's hypocritical. Heads must roll." The flag flew yesterday, in recognition of Europe Day. The observance was requested by the European Commission delegation to New Zealand. Generally, Transit considers requests from nations wanting to commemorate their country's national day, but Transit regional manager Peter Spies said yesterday that the criteria also included flags recognised by the New Zealand Government. As the European Union flag had in the past flown from government buildings, the policy was being adhered to. In February, Maori sovereignty group Ata Tino Toa sought permission from Transit to fly the red, black and white tino rangatiratanga flag from the bridge to commemorate Waitangi Day. Their request was denied, and Mr Spies said there had been no change in policy that would allow the tino rangatiratanga flag on the bridge in future.