Mocking the New Zealand flag debate

British political satirist John Oliver has compared New Zealand’s black silver fern flag to that of a vegetarian pirate ship.

And he’s offered alternatives to the present design such as a bungee-jumping sheep flag.

Oliver hosts the weekly show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, that regularly reaches an audience of about one million on television in the United States and millions more when posted to YouTube. The show also airs in New Zealand.

During his November 2 show he waded into the New Zealand flag debate, introducing Prime Minister John Key as the leader who had a fight with Eminem but still managed to get re-elected.