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Half-masting the New Zealand Flag occasions

List of occasions when the New Zealand Flag has been directed to fly at half-mast since 2005.

The flying of the NZ Flag at half-mast is covered by section 10 of the Flags, Emblems, and Names Protection Act 1981 and the New Zealand Flag Notice 1986. The directive to lower the flags at half-mast on Government buildings is generally issued on the direction of Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage.

Year

Name and title of person

Date half-masted

Reason

2016

His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the Head of State of the Kingdom of Thailand

Friday 14 October To mark the funeral

2015

 

Tuesday 17 November

As a mark of a respect following the terrorist attacks in Paris, France

2015

Mr Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's first Prime Minister

Sunday 29 March

To mark the death

2015

King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, King of Saudi Arabia

Monday 26 January

To mark the death

2014

President of the Republic of Zambia, His Excellency, Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata

Tuesday 11 November

To mark the funeral

2014

 

Monday 4 August

To mark the beginning of the centenary of the First World War for New Zealand

2013

President of Venezuela, Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías

Saturday 9 March

To mark the funeral

2012

Corporal Jacinta Baker, Corporal Luke Tamatea & Private Richard Harris

Saturday 25 August

To mark the memorial service

2012

 

Monday 20 August (note: for the remainder of today)

To mark the death of three soldiers of the New Zealand Defence Force, killed in Afghanistan

 

2012

Lance Corporal Pralii Durrer & Lance Corporal Rory Malone

Saturday 11 August

To mark the funerals

2012

 

Monday 6 August (Note: remainder of today)

To mark the death of two soldiers of the New Zealand Defence Force, killed in Afghanistan

2012

Corporal Douglas Charles Hughes

Thursday 12 April

To mark the final day of the tangi for Corporal Douglas Charles Hughes of the New Zealand Army who died in Afghanistan

2012

 

 

Wednesday 4 April

To mark the death of the New Zealand soldier serving in Afghanistan

2012

His Late Majesty King George Tupou V of Tonga

Tuesday 27 March

To mark the funeral

2012

 

Wednesday 22 February

To mark the first anniversary of the Christchurch Earthquake

2011

Lance Corporal Leon Smith

Thursday 6 October

To mark the memorial service of Lance Corporal Leon Smith of the New Zealand Defence Force, killed in Afghanistan

2011

 

Wednesday 28 September

To mark the death of a soldier of the New Zealand Defence Force, killed in Afghanistan

2011

Corporal Doug Grant

Monday 29 August

To mark the full military funeral of Corporal Doug Grant of the New Zealand Defence Force, killed in Afghanistan

2011

 

For the remainder of today, Saturday 20 August and again on Monday 22 August

To mark the death of a soldier of the New Zealand Defence Force, killed in Afghanistan

2011

Sir Paul Reeves

15 August and again on the day of his funeral, Thursday 18 August

 

As a mark of respect for the former Governor-General

2011

 

Friday 18 March

 

To mark the memorial service for the victims of the Christchurch earthquake

2011

 

February 23 “until further notice”

As a mark of respect for the victims of the Christchurch earthquake

2011

 

Wednesday 16 February

To mark the death of a soldier of the New Zealand Defence Force, killed in Afghanistan

2010

 

Thursday 2 December

In recognition of the memorial service for the victims of the Pike River on mining tragedy on the day of the service

2010

 

Thursday 25 November

As a mark of respect for the victims of the Pike River mining tragedy

2010

Lieutenant Tim O’Donnell

Wednesday 11 August

 

To mark the funeral of Lieutenant Tim O'Donnell of the New Zealand Defence Force, killed in Afghanistan

2010

 

4 August

To mark the death of the soldier of the New Zealand Defence Force, killed in Afghanistan

2009

 

Friday 9 October

As a mark of respect for the Samoan National Burial and Memorial Service, in remembrance of all who perished in last week’s tsunami

2008

Sir Edmund Hilary

21 January & 22 January

To mark the lying in state and funeral

2008

Sir Edmund Hillary

11 January 2008 and tomorrow, 12 January 2008 (until midnight), and the day of the funeral (to be confirmed)

To mark the death

2007

The Samoan Head of State Malietoa Tanumafili II

14th May 2007 and Saturday 19th May 2007 (the day of the funeral)

To mark the death

2006

Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu, the Maori Queen

16 August

 

 

To mark the death

2006

Rod Donald, MP.

Thursday 10 November (the day of the funeral)

 

To mark the death

2006

His Majesty King Taufa’ahau Tupou, King of Tonga

19 September

To mark the funeral

2006

His Majesty King Taufa’ahau Tupou, King of Tonga

11,12,13 September

To mark the death until 10am on 13 September when his coffin leaves New Zealand

2005

Former Prime Minister Rt Hon David Russell Lange

Wednesday 17 August (the day of the funeral) and Saturday 20 August 2005 (the day of the memorial service)

To mark the death

2005

His Majesty King Fahd of Saudi Arabia

Tuesday 2nd August

 

To mark the death and funeral

2005

 

Friday 8 July

 

As a mark of respect to and in remembrance of all who perished in yesterday’s terrorist bombings in London

2005

His Serene Highness Prince Rainier III of Monaco

Friday, 15 April

 

To mark the funeral

2005

His Holiness Pope John Paul II

Sunday 3 April 2005, Monday 4 April and on the day of the funeral (still to be announced)

To mark the death and funeral

2005

 

Friday 14th January 2005 to the end of the day on Sunday 16th January 2005

To remember victims of the Boxing Day Tsunami in Southern and South-East Asia.