Notice Type
Vice Regal
Notice Title

Rules for the Grant, Use and Retention of the Title

"The Honourable" in New Zealand
Her Majesty The Queen has approved the following rules for the grant, use and retention of the title "The Honourable" in New Zealand.
1. The title "The Honourable" (abbreviated to "The Hon.") may be used by the following persons while they
hold office, if they do not enjoy the right to use the title "The Right Honourable":
1.1 Members of the Executive Council
1.2 Judges of the High Court of New Zealand (including Judges of the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal)
2. On relinquishment of or retirement from office, the holders of the offices referred to in rule 1 shall be eligible to be recommended for retention of the title "The Honourable" for life.
3. The Governor-General may, under authority delegated by The Queen and on the recommendation of the
Prime Minister, approve the retention of the title
"The Honourable" for life by the holders of the offices referred to in rule 1.
4. These rules do not affect the rights enjoyed by any person who, before the date of signature of these rules, was entitled to use the title "The Honourable".
5. The Governor-General may, under authority delegated by The Queen and on the recommendation of the
Prime Minister, remove the right of any person referred to in rule 3 to use the title "The Honourable".
The rules relating to the grant, use and retention of the title "The Honourable" in New Zealand that were approved by Her Majesty The Queen in 2006 are hereby revoked.
Signed at Wellington this 2nd day of August 2010.
JOHN KEY, Prime Minister.