Flags, Emblems, and Names Protection Act 1981

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Reprint as at 7 July 2010

Flags, Emblems, and Names Protection Act 1981

Public Act1981 No 47
Date of assent15 October 1981
Commencementsee section 1(2)


Changes authorised by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 have been made in this reprint.

A general outline of these changes is set out in the notes at the end of this reprint, together with other explanatory material about this reprint.

This Act is administered by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.



1 Short Title and commencement

2 Interpretation

3 Act to bind Crown

4 Administration of Act

Part 1
The New Zealand Flag and Ensigns

5 New Zealand Ensign declared to be New Zealand Flag

6 Ensigns of New Zealand

7 Customs flag

8 Saving of Her Majesty’s powers to approve alteration of New Zealand Flag

9 Use of alternative flags

10 Rules relating to flying of New Zealand Flag

11 Offences involving New Zealand Flag

Part 2
Royal, vice-regal, State, and heraldic emblems and names

12 Unauthorised use of Royal and vice-regal emblems

13 Unauthorised use of State emblems

14 Unauthorised use of words suggesting Royal or government patronage

15 Advertisements claiming government patronage

Part 3
Provisions relating to certain other names, emblems, and words

16 Unauthorised use of name and emblem of United Nations and other international organisations

17 Use of the word Anzac

18 Unauthorised use of name Returned Services’ Association

19 Protection of names, uniforms, etc, of Girl Guides Association and Toc H, Incorporated

20 Unauthorised use of certain commercial names

20A Unauthorised use of emblems, words, and names relating to Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games [Repealed]

20AA Defence [Repealed]

20B Injunction for breach of section 20A [Repealed]

Part 4
Miscellaneous provisions

21 Registering authority not to register in certain cases

22 Existing rights protected

23 Emblems and names protected under other Acts

24 General penalty

25 Consent of Attorney-General required to certain prosecutions

26 Liability of officers of associations

26A Power to amend Schedule 2A

27 Amendments and repeals

Schedule 1
The New Zealand Flag

Schedule 2
Orders and notices deemed to have been made or given under this Act

Schedule 2A
Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games emblems, words, and names


Schedule 3
Enactments and orders (relating to protection of certain emblems, names, and words) preserved

Schedule 4
Enactments consequentially amended

Schedule 5
Enactments repealed

Reprint notes

An Act to declare the New Zealand Ensign to be the New Zealand Flag and to make provision relating to its use and to the use of certain other flags, and to make better provision for the protection of certain names and emblems of Royal, national, international, commercial, or other significance