The outcome was close, with just 56.61% of people voting against change. In his tweet, pro-change Prime Minister John Key asked NZers to be proud of it:
New Zealand has voted to retain our current flag. I encourage all NZers to use it, embrace it and, more importantly, be proud of it.
— John Key (@johnkeypm) March 24, 2016
More than two million ballots were sent in and from fairly early on it appeared the status quo was leading the way. One telephone survey in late March, however, found 59% of people condemned the whole NZ$23m ($17.4m; £12.3m) process as “a distraction and a waste of money”. The result on 24 March was close: 1,200,003 for no change, 915,008 for change. (Source: BBC)