Flags, Emblems, and Names Protection Act 1981

Part 1 The New Zealand Flag and Ensigns

5 New Zealand Ensign declared to be New Zealand Flag


The flag hitherto known as the New Zealand Ensign, being the flag depicted in Schedule 1, is hereby declared to be the New Zealand Flag.


The New Zealand Flag shall be the symbol of the Realm, Government, and people of New Zealand.


The New Zealand Flag—


shall be the national flag of New Zealand for general use on land within New Zealand and, where appropriate for international purposes, overseas:


shall be the proper national colours to be worn by all New Zealand Government ships, and by such other New Zealand ships as may for the time being be authorised to wear the New Zealand Flag by or under the Ship Registration Act 1992.

Compare: 1952 No 49 s 5(1), (2); Flags Act 1953 s 3 (Aust)

Section 5(3)(b): amended, on 29 October 1992, by section 88(2) of the Ship Registration Act 1992 (1992 No 89).