What Order – What Flag

A question has been raised concerning the correct order of flags and ensigns when displayed below the eternal flame and ode at an RSA. There appears to be a mixture of orders and flags. The flags concerned are as follows. The New Zealand Flag, The New Zealand Naval White Ensign, The Royal New Zealand Airforce Ensign and the Merchant Navy Ensign. We would be interested in what order your local RSA displays these flags and also if there is any authoritative documentation for the order. Please leave a comment to this post.

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4 Responses to What Order – What Flag

  1. Frank Lewis says:

    At Kerikeri RSA our order of flags is – RNZN White Ensign (Navy). NZ Flag (Army), RNZAF Blue Ensign (Air Force) and NZ Red Ensign (Merchant Navy). The senior service comes first.

  2. John Bullock says:

    It appears the RSA flag does not get a mention by the Ministry of Culture and Heritage, only the Army, Navy and Air Force flags.
    Reference:
    http://www.mch.govt.nz/nz-identity-heritage/flags/flying-new-zealand-flag
    http://www.mch.govt.nz/nz-identity-heritage/flags/displaying-new-zealand-flag
    http://www.mch.govt.nz/nz-identity-heritage/flags/other-flags

  3. Jim D says:

    I regret to inform you that the Mosgiel Memorial RSA has the NZ Flag on the left and the Aust Flag on the right. Under the eternal flame is a wooden cross and on the horizontal part from left to right is the NZ Infantry Regiment Beret badge, RNZN Officers hat badge and then the RNZAF Officers hat badge.

  4. Frank Rands says:

    On your behalf I contacted the RSA and they advise there is no protocol (written or otherwise) regarding the order of flags being displayed under the Eternal Flame. So I thought I would not leave it there and I contact the Ministry of Culture and Heritage and they advise that the NZ Flag should be to the left of any display. So therefore the order of flags should be Left to Right – The New Zealand Flag, The New Zealand White Ensign, The RNZAF Ensign and The Red Ensign. Hope this clears up any misunderstandings.

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