New Zealand Flag Notice 1986

Version as at 12 April 2022

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

New Zealand Flag Notice 1986

(SR 1986/133)

Note

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 notice is administered by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.

Pursuant to section 10 of the Flags, Emblems, and Names Protection Act 1981, the Minister of Internal Affairs hereby gives the following notice.

Notice

1 Title and commencement

(1)

This notice may be cited as the New Zealand Flag Notice 1986.

(2)

This notice shall come into force on the 14th day after the date of its notification in the Gazette.

Days and occasions on which New Zealand Flag to be flown on Government buildings

2 Days of national commemoration

(1)

The New Zealand Flag shall, subject to clauses 5 and 6 and to subclause (2), be flown at full mast on Government buildings on the following days of national commemoration:

(a)

on 6 February, being the day of the Accession of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second and Waitangi Day:

(b)

on the second Monday in March, being Commonwealth Day:

(c)

on 21 April, being the actual birthday of Her Majesty the Queen:

(d)

on 25 April, being Anzac Day:

(e)

on the first Monday in June, being the day of observance of the Sovereign’s birthday:

(f)

on 2 June, being Coronation Day:

(g)

on 10 June, being the birthday of the Duke of Edinburgh:

(ga)

Te Rā Aro ki a Matariki/Matariki Observance Day:

(h)

on 4 August, being the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother:

(i)

on 24 October, being United Nations Day:

(j)

on the fourth Monday in October, being Labour Day:

(k)

on 14 November, being the birthday of the Prince of Wales.

(2)

Where subclause (1)(d) applies, the New Zealand Flag may be lowered to half mast for the duration of a memorial service, as a sign of respect.

Clause 2(1)(ga): inserted, on 12 April 2022, by wehenga 7 o Te Ture mō te Hararei Tūmatanui o te Kāhui o Matariki 2022/section 7 of the Te Kāhui o Matariki Public Holiday Act 2022 (2022 No 14).

3 Other official occasions

(1)

The New Zealand Flag shall, subject to clauses 5 and 6, be flown at full mast on Government buildings in any locality that is being visited by—

(a)

the Sovereign; or

(b)

any other member of the Royal Family; or

(c)

any head of State; or

(d)

any head of Government.

(2)

The New Zealand Flag shall, subject to clauses 5 and 6, be flown at full mast on Government buildings at Wellington on the following occasions:

(a)

the opening of Parliament by the Sovereign or the Governor-General:

(b)

the State Farewell for the outgoing Governor-General:

(c)

the Swearing-in-Ceremony of the Governor-General designate.

4 Occasions for mourning

The New Zealand Flag shall, subject to clauses 5 and 6, be flown at half mast,—

(a)

in the case of the death of the Sovereign, from the announcement of the death up to and including the day of the funeral (except on Proclamation Day being the day when the new Sovereign is announced officially, when flags are to be flown from the top of the mast):

(b)

in the case of the death of the Governor-General or a former Governor-General or the Prime Minister or a former Prime Minister, on the day of the announcement of death and the day of the funeral:

(c)

in the case of the death of any member of the Royal Family (other than the Sovereign), on the day of the funeral:

(d)

in the case of the death of—

(i)

the Governor-General of any Commonwealth country (other than New Zealand); or

(ii)

the Prime Minister of any Commonwealth country (other than New Zealand); or

(iii)

the head of State of any Commonwealth country (other than New Zealand); or

(iv)

the head of State of any foreign country,—

on the day of the funeral.

Times and exceptions

5 Times for flying New Zealand Flag

(1)

Where—

(a)

the New Zealand Flag is required to be flown on any Government building on any day or part of a day; or

(b)

the New Zealand Flag is flown on any Government building on any other day or part of a day,—

it shall, subject to subclause (2), be flown continuously throughout that day or part of a day.

(2)

The New Zealand Flag shall not be flown at night on any Government building unless the New Zealand Flag is floodlit.

6 Exceptions

Nothing in this notice requires the New Zealand Flag to be flown on any Government building on any day, being a Saturday or a Sunday or a holiday, that is not a normal working day for the persons employed in that building.

Rule of etiquette

7 Rule of etiquette in relation to the position of New Zealand Flag

Where a local authority flag or a house flag is flown in the half-mast position, the New Zealand Flag should be flown separately at full mast.

Revocations

8 Revocations

The notices specified in the Schedule are hereby revoked.

Schedule Revocations

cl 8

Title or descriptionGazette reference
Days on which New Zealand Ensign is to be flown on Government buildingsGazette 1974, p 1617
New Zealand Flag Notice 1977Gazette 1977, p 643

Dated at Wellington this 2nd day of July 1986.

Peter Tapsell,
Minister of Internal Affairs.

Issued under the authority of the Legislation Act 2019.

Date of notification in Gazette: 4 July 1986.

Notes
1 General

This is a consolidation of the New Zealand Flag Notice 1986 that incorporates the amendments made to the legislation so that it shows the law as at its stated date.

2 Legal status

A consolidation is taken to correctly state, as at its stated date, the law enacted or made by the legislation consolidated and by the amendments. This presumption applies unless the contrary is shown.

Section 78 of the Legislation Act 2019 provides that this consolidation, published as an electronic version, is an official version. A printed version of legislation that is produced directly from this official electronic version is also an official version.

3 Editorial and format changes

The Parliamentary Counsel Office makes editorial and format changes to consolidations using the powers under subpart 2 of Part 3 of the Legislation Act 2019. See also PCO editorial conventions for consolidations.

4 Amendments incorporated in this consolidation

Te Ture mō te Hararei Tūmatanui o te Kāhui o Matariki 2022/Te Kāhui o Matariki Public Holiday Act 2022 (2022 No 14): wehenga 7/section 7