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Flags to fly at half-mast Monday 4 August

At the request of the Prime Minister, the Right Honourable John Key, the New Zealand Flag is to be half-masted on all Government and public buildings on Monday 4 August 2014, to mark the beginning of the centenary of the First World War for New Zealand.

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.

For more information about half-masting the flag, visit

If you have any questions, please contact Ashley Mackenzie-White, Adviser, Heritage Operations, Ministry for Culture and Heritage on 021 121 5764.

For any media enquiries, please contact Tim Renner, WW100 Communications Manager, 027 256 7778,

This notice has been issued by the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage.

Updated on 23rd July 2015