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New flag for Governor-General


2 June 2008

New flag for Governor-General

Prime Minister Helen Clark today announced that Her Majesty the Queen has approved a new flag for New Zealand’s Governor-General.

The new flag — with the Shield of the New Zealand Coat of Arms and a Royal Crown in the centre — will be flown for the first time at a ceremony at Government House Auckland on 5 June and at Government House Wellington on 17 June. It replaces the flag approved by King George V in 1931 and adopted by New Zealand in 1937.

“The previous flag was a generic one, designed for an earlier era which did not reflect New Zealand’s constitutional status as an independent nation. It was of a standard pattern designed for use by Governors-General of the then Dominions, with the Royal Crest surmounted by a crowned lion in the centre, and with the words ‘New Zealand’ in a scroll beneath. The Royal Crest used on it is now widely used as a trademark by a trading subsidiary of the Royal Collection Trust,” Helen Clark said.

“The new flag is a distinctively New Zealand flag which, like the Queen’s Personal Flag for New Zealand, is based on the elements of the New Zealand Coat of Arms.

“The design for the new flag, with the Shield and Crown in the centre, mirrors the Badge of the Collar of the New Zealand Order of Merit which can only be worn by the Sovereign and the Governor-General,” Helen Clark said.

The creation of the new flag has the full support of the Governor-General Hon Anand Satyanand, and is the result of a review of the Governor-General’s emblems by the New Zealand Herald of Arms, Phillip O’Shea, at the request of Government House in 2005.

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