Miscellaneous provisions

Key statutes

  • Flags, Emblems and Names Protection Act 1981 (s 20)
  • Department of Justice (Restructuring) Act 1995

Key secondary legislation


Information/links to recent or currently underway reviews

The New Zealand Flag Referendums Act 2015 recently considered the design of the flag. The referendum kept our current flag so amendments to the Flags, Emblems and Names Protection Act were not adopted.  

Forward work

The District Court and High Court Rules are regularly and routinely updated to improve court practice by the Rules Committee. 

The Parliamentary Counsel Office (PCO), New Zealand’s law drafting office, is planning to prepare a revision Bill to revise and combine the Flags, Emblems, and Names Protection Act 1981 with the Military Decoration and Distinctive Badges Act 1918. This work will update the language used in the single Act and improve accessibility. The revision Bill is part of PCO’s routine 3-year statute revision programme. More information about PCO and its proposed revision programme for 2021-2023 can be found on the PCO website(external link).