Well the country voted and the decision was made to keep the old flag. It certainly opened up debate, dialogue about what it is to be a New Zealander, what the flag means to people, the significance of the Union Jack in modern New Zealand.
Everyone had their own opinion/reasons about which flag they would vote for. Perhaps the voting was much closer than people expected........robust debate is good. But for now the 'old' flag stays. Who knows what the flag will look like for the next generation!