City lowers flag for Chavez

Tauranga’s flag was lowered to half-mast on Saturday to mark the funeral of long time Venezuelan President Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias.

Government and public buildings lowered their flags throughout the country to mark the death of the 58-year-old Venezuelan President who died after a two-year battle with cancer.

Ministry for Culture and Heritage operations advisor Ashley Mackenzie-White says New Zealand flags were half-masted at the request of Prime Minister John Key.

The president’s death is also specified under the New Zealand Flag Notice 1986. The notice describes when the flags are flown at half-mast including the days of national commemoration and in the case of the death of a foreign head of state.

She says the lowering of the flags was for Saturday only, marking the day of the funeral.  

Tauranga City Council received the request to lower the flag last week.

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Posted on 12-03-2013 10:44 | By Phailed

Actually it’s fine to have differences of opinion. But from what I’ve read there’s a lot of corruption in Chavez’s country including the ruling class. But I guess if you throw a few crumbs that can give the appearance of true socialism. Sorry I can’t take up a dinner party with ronillian because I’m not a champagne socialist.

@ronillian & Phailed

Posted on 12-03-2013 05:23 | By Sambo

left/Right, I am picking you 2 will not be having a dinner party together.

A fitting tribute

Posted on 11-03-2013 21:29 | By ronillian

It’s nice to see the TCC showing respect for an extraordinary leader who has done so much for his people. He made an enormous impact on reducing poverty in Venezuela. He spent much oil welalth on social, health and education programs benefiting his people greatly. The USA could learn a big lesson from him in how to look after their own.

I guess if you respect Mao and Lenin?

Posted on 11-03-2013 17:34 | By Phailed

You might also respect Chavez and overlook the corruption ranking of Venezuela by Transparency International as one of the most corrupt countries in the world? I’m disappointed by what I see as our PM’s toadying.

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