New Zealand Flag at half-mast until further notice
Ministry for Culture and Heritage
New Zealand Flag at half-mast until
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 until further notice, as a mark of respect
for the victims of the Christchurch earthquake.
instruction applies to all Government Departments and
Government buildings which have flag poles.
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
For more information about
half-masting the flag, visit http://www.mch.govt.nz/nz-identity-heritage/flags/flying-new-zealand-flag
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Issue 49: Werewolf Weekender
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