Flags, Emblems, and Names Protection Amendment Act 2003

Flags, Emblems, and Names Protection Amendment Act 2003

Public Act2003 No 73
Date of assent21 October 2003

The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows:

1 Title
2 Commencement
  • This Act comes into force on the day after the date on which it receives the Royal assent.

3 Interpretation
  • (1) Section 2 of the principal Act is amended by repealing the definition of Minister, and substituting the following definition:

    Minister means the Minister of the Crown who, under the authority of any warrant or with the authority of the Prime Minister, is for the time being responsible for the administration of this Act.

    (2) Section 2 of the principal Act is amended by inserting, in the appropriate alphabetical order, the following definition:

    Ministry means the department of State that is, with the authority of the Prime Minister, for the time being responsible for the administration of this Act.

    (3) The definition of registering authority in section 2 of the principal Act is amended by repealing paragraphs (d) and (k), and substituting, in their appropriate alphabetical order, the following paragraphs:

    • (d) the Registrar of Friendly Societies and Credit Unions under the Friendly Societies and Credit Unions Act 1982:

    • (k) the Registrar of Unions under the Employment Relations Act 2000;.

4 Administration of Act
  • (1) Section 4(1) of the principal Act is amended by omitting the words Department of Internal Affairs, and substituting the word Ministry.

    (2) Section 4(2) of the principal Act is amended by omitting the words Department of Justice, and substituting the words Ministry of Justice.

5 Use of alternative flags
  • Section 9 of the principal Act is amended by repealing subsection (2), and substituting the following subsection:

    • (2) The Governor-General may authorise the use of a flag under subsection (1) only on the joint recommendation of the Minister and—

      • (a) the Minister of Defence if subsection (1)(a) applies; or

      • (b) the Minister of Transport if subsection (1)(b) applies.

6 Rules relating to flying of New Zealand Flag
  • Section 10(1) of the principal Act is amended by omitting the words of Internal Affairs.

7 Unauthorised use of words suggesting Royal or government patronage
  • Section 14(4)(a) of the principal Act is amended by repealing subparagraph (v), and substituting the following subparagraph:

    • (v) the Minister if subsection (3)(b) or (c)(iv) applies; or.

8 Unauthorised use of name and emblem of United Nations and other international organisations
  • Section 16(2) of the principal Act is amended by omitting the words of Internal Affairs.


Legislative history

16 October 2003Divided from Statutes Amendment Bill (No 3), third reading.