Flags, Emblems, and Names Protection Act 1981

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Version as at 28 October 2021

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Flags, Emblems, and Names Protection Act 1981

Public Act
1981 No 47
Date of assent
15 October 1981
see section 1(2)

The Parliamentary Counsel Office has made editorial and format changes to this version using the powers under subpart 2 of Part 3 of the Legislation Act 2019.

Note 4 at the end of this version provides a list of the amendments included in it.

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


1Short Title and commencement
3Act to bind Crown
4Administration of Act
5New Zealand Ensign declared to be New Zealand Flag
6Ensigns of New Zealand
7Customs flag
8Saving of Her Majesty’s powers to approve alteration of New Zealand Flag
9Use of alternative flags
10Rules relating to flying of New Zealand Flag
11Offences involving New Zealand Flag
12Unauthorised use of Royal and vice-regal emblems
13Unauthorised use of State emblems
14Unauthorised use of words suggesting Royal or government patronage
15Advertisements claiming government patronage
16Unauthorised use of name and emblem of United Nations and other international organisations
17Use of the word Anzac
18Unauthorised use of name Returned Services’ Association
18AUnauthorised use of words and emblems relating to 28th Māori Battalion
19Protection of names, uniforms, etc, of Girl Guides Association and Toc H, Incorporated
20Unauthorised use of certain commercial names
20AAAUnauthorised use of King George the Fifth Memorial Children’s Health Camps Federation emblem
20AUnauthorised use of emblems, words, and names relating to Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games [Repealed]
20AADefence [Repealed]
20BInjunction for breach of section 20A [Repealed]
21Registering authority not to register in certain cases
22Existing rights protected
23Emblems and names protected under other Acts
24General penalty
25Consent of Attorney-General required to certain prosecutions
26Liability of officers of associations
26APower to amend Schedule 2A [Repealed]
27Amendments and repeals

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