As a mark of mourning and respect and in accordance with protocol, the New Zealand Flag is to be flown at half-mast on all Government and public buildings on Wednesday, 21 June 2017 to mark the funeral of His Excellency Womtelo Reverend Baldwin Lonsdale, the Head of State of the Republic of Vanuatu.
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. 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 http://www.mch.govt.nz/nz-identity-heritage/flags/half-masting-new-zealand-flag.
If you have any questions, please contact Harriet Ongley on (04) 499 4229. Media enquiries should be directed to 021 564 909 or 027 807 9400.
Updated on 22nd June 2017