HONOURS AND ARMS: LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL ASPECTS OF PRACTICE CONCERNING HERALDRY AND ROYAL HONOURS IN NEW ZEALAND

The Imperial Laws Application Act 1988 provides that the enactments and subordinate legislation specified in the schedules to the Act together with the common law of England, insofar as it was already part of the laws of New Zealand, are the only ‘Imperial’ laws inherited from the United Kingdom which are of effect in New Zealand. As “the law of arms is not part of the common law [of England]”43 and is not detailed in any of the scheduled legislation it is clear that the law of arms is not part of New Zealand law, and heraldry and related matters inhabit a legal vacuum in New Zealand today.


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