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Flags to be half-masted tomorrow


At the request of the Prime Minister, the Honourable John Key, the New Zealand Flag is to be half-masted on all Government and public buildings on Wednesday 11 August 2010, to mark the funeral of Lieutenant Tim O'Donnell of the New Zealand Defence Force, killed in Afghanistan.

This instruction applies to all government departments and government buildings which have flag poles.

The flag is half-masted by first raising it to the top of the mast and then immediately lowering it slowly to the half-mast position. The half-mast position will depend on the size of the flag and the length of the flagpole. The flag must be lowered to a position recognisably "half-mast" to avoid the appearance of a flag which has accidentally fallen away from the top of the flagpole. As a guide, the flag should be more than its own depth from the top of the flagpole. At the end of the day, the flag should be raised again to the top of the flagpole before being fully lowered.

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Updated on 23rd July 2015