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Flags to be flown at half-mast Tuesday 10 December 2013

In recognition of the memorial service for Nelson Mandela, to be held at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa on Tuesday 10 December 2013, the Prime Minister, the Right Honourable John Key has requested that all New Zealand flags be flown at half-mast on the day of the service, Tuesday 10 December 2013 (NZDT).

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 on 021 121 5764.

Updated on 23rd July 2015