New Zealand News Network Sparks Bidding War For Tea With Prime Minister

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During a TVNZ New Zealand news show, the NZ Prime Minister drew his preferred version of a New Zealand flag if it were to change. The "flag doodle" is now being auctioned online. However, it is the Prime Minister's recent offer to have tea with the winner that is generating immense interest.

The sketch on the news show

It looks more like a lop-sided Christmas tree.

Following a debate that has re-started within New Zealand as to whether the country needs a new flag that better represents its population, the Prime Minister, John Key, was asked to draw his version of an alternative flag by host, Pippa Wetzell on TVNZ's Breakfast show.

Mr Key said, "Not withstanding that I have said that I would keep the New Zealand flag (as it is) just simply because there are probably bigger issues to (...) deal with, my personal view is if you had an alternative... I would go with..." and then sketched out his vision.

The Prime Minister gave his consent for the drawing to be auctioned with all proceeds going to the children's charity, Cure Kids. However, he then also agreed to host the winning bidder of his NZ Flag doodle auction for morning tea after someone asked for that opportunity on the auction site.

Following a similar question, TVNZ, New Zealand's news network has agreed for the winning bidder to have morning tea with Breakfast Host, Pippa Wetzell as well.

Key described his drawing as a "silver fern". Wetzell said it looked more like a "lop-sided Christmas tree". The silver fern is an iconic New zealand emblem due to its predominance in the country and is often used to represent the country, not least on the jerseys of the country's famous All Blacks rugby team. The fern's fronds have a silver underside, giving them their name.

The A4 doodle was posted on the auction site on Monday with a $1 reserve and $20,000 NZD ($13,850 USD) has been bid for it at time of writing. With the auction set to close on 16 February at 7.30pm local time, a lot of interest is expected within New Zealand and possibly overseas.

A video of the Prime Minister drawing the doodle can be found on the TVNZ website:

The auction for the NZ flag doodle can be found at:

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