Media release: 9 September 2022
22 September 2022 update
As per the following Flag Notice, the New Zealand Flag should continue to be flown at half-mast up to and including the day of Her Majesty’s State Memorial Service in New Zealand, which will take place on Monday 26 September. More information on the New Zealand Memorial Service can be found on the Governor-General's website.
New Zealand Flags are to be raised to full mast at 8am on Tuesday 27 September. More details in Ministry media release: New Zealand Flag to Return to Full Mast on 27 September.
As a mark of New Zealand’s deepest mourning and respect, the New Zealand Flag is to be flown at half-mast on all Government and public buildings with immediate effect to mark the death of Her Majesty Elizabeth II, Queen of New Zealand.
The New Zealand Flag should continue to be flown at half-mast up to and including the day of Her Majesty’s State Memorial Service in New Zealand, except on Proclamation Day (being the day when the new Sovereign is announced officially) when the New Zealand Flag is to be flown from the top of the mast.
Further advice as to the date of Her late Majesty’s State Memorial Service in New Zealand and the date of Proclamation Day will be provided once available.
This instruction applies to all Government departments, buildings and naval vessels which have flag poles and normally fly the New Zealand Flag.
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. For more information about half-masting the flag, visit http://www.mch.govt.nz/nz-identity-heritage/flags/half-masting-new-zeala....
If you have any questions, please contact the Ministry for Culture and Heritage at [email protected]. Media enquiries should be directed to 027 622 0468.
Updated on 27th September 2022