Businessman Lloyd Morrison shows one of his alternative designs for the New Zealand flag in 2010. Morrison, who died in 2012, spent years trying unsuccessfully to gain enough signatures for a citizens-initiated referendum (CIR) on changing the New Zealand flag. The signatures of at least 10% of registered voters are required to launch a CIR. In 2015 and 2016 New Zealand held a two-stage consultative referendum on the future of the New Zealand flag
Other unsuccessful attempts to initiate CIRs have been launched over a range of topics, including prohibiting battery farming of hens, allowing voluntary euthanasia and adopting 'direct democracy by binding referendum'.
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