The New Zealand government on Wednesday bowed to public pressure and added an extra flag design to the four options already being considered for a new national banner. The so-called “Red Peak” design has generated a groundswell of support since a government committee unveiled its four preferred options this month to a lacklustre public response. In contrast, more than 50,000 people signed a petition calling for Red Peak’s inclusion in a ballot for a new flag to potentially replace the existing one, which has a British Union Jack in the corner.–AFP

The government initially refused to budge but relented in the face of an intense social media campaign.