NZ and Oz are friendly places and people are also very frank and fair.
White supremacists have been trying of late to make NZ their haven but that's a minor issue.
yeah, there's some bullshit with far-right groups and people like Colin Craig/his supporters, but overall it's not that bad. I was worried to click on this topic but it's not that negative after all.
as for the flag I think it is sometimes useful because I can determine how drunk my friends are if they start confusing the Australia and New Zealand flags.