None of us liked the idea of NZ combining with Australia because we are different. We have our own sports teams, history and culture.
What are we going to call our rugby team? The Wallaby Blacks or The All Wallabies? Will we be combining the NZ colours of black and silver with green and gold? That would look wierd.
NZ people think and act differently to other people in the world. On a lot of websites NZ is in the top 5 of the safest countries in the world. Australia isn't even in the top 10. If we combine with them we'll lose that rank.
NZ and Australia have their own animals, histories and cultures. They celebrate the Aborigine people. We celebrate the Maori people. They have the emu. We have the kiwi.
We are different. We should stay the way we are so we can keep celebrating those different things. Waitangi Day or Australia Day? We think Waitangi Day is better.