31 Mar 2015

Cook Islands flag change "of interest" to PM

1:33 pm on 31 March 2015

Officials in the Cook Islands say the country's 50th anniversary could trigger questions on whether to change the national flag.

The Prime Minister's advisor Trevor Pitt says a debate about a possible change to the flag remains of interest to Henry Puna.

But he says there are no moves to bring the issue to the table simply because it's anniversary year.

050514. Photo supplied. Pacific flags. Cook Islands.

050514. Photo supplied. Pacific flags. Cook Islands. Photo: supplied

The Cook Islands News reports a flag change would require two-thirds of parliament to vote in favour of a change.

Mr Pitt says in the 1994 election, a referendum was held on the flag issue, but it did not garner any support.

The Cook Islands flag features the Union Jack in the top left hand corner.

A national competition is underway in Fiji for a design to replace that country's flag which also features the Union Jack.