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National flags flying at half-mast

National flags flying at half-mast

The New Zealand flag is flown at half-mast during times of mourning. Here, it flies at half-mast alongside the Australian, South African and Union Jack (British) flags during a remembrance service in Greymouth for the 29 miners who were killed in the Pike River mine explosion in 2010. The foreign flags acknowledge that people from countries other than New Zealand also died in the disaster.

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Flags - Flag law and protocol', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 June 2024)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 20 Jun 2012, reviewed & revised 20 Apr 2016