Armed Forces Award

The New Zealand Armed Forces Award is a long service decoration for Regular Force Officers of the New Zealand Defence Force … established on 6 May 1985, the medal is presented for 15 years of unblemished service ■ Ribbon : dark blue (Navy), crimson (Army), and light blue (Air Force) … these colours represent the […]

Defence Service Medal

The New Zealand Defence Service Medal was instituted in April 2011 to recognise attested military service since 3 September 1945 … the Royal Warrant for the NZDSM allows for one or more clasps to be awarded with the medal … the number of clasps awarded to an individual will be determined by the type(s) of […]

Victoria Cross – Army

The Victoria Cross was … ■ Ribbon : tba … ribbon attached to medal by suspension loop ■ Obverse : tba … suspension loop ■ Reverse : tba ■ Dimensions : tba * tba mm … ■ Weight : tba g ■ Materials : cupro-nickel ■ NB : replica

Victoria Cross – Navy

The Victoria Cross was … ■ Ribbon : tba … ribbon attached to medal by suspension loop ■ Obverse : tba … suspension loop ■ Reverse : tba ■ Dimensions : tba * tba mm … ■ Weight : tba g ■ Materials : cupro-nickel ■ NB : replica

War Service Medal

The New Zealand War Service Medal was awarded for 28 days’ full time service or six months’ part time service in any of the New Zealand Armed Forces, the New Zealand National Military Reserve or the Home Guard between 3 September 1939 and 2 September 1945 … New Zealand Merchant Navy personnel qualified after accumulating […]

Operational Service Medal

The New Zealand Operational Service Medal (NZOSM) was instituted in 2002 for award to New Zealanders who have undertaken operational service since 3 September 1945 … the start date is the day after the surrender ceremony in Tokyo Bay, and is also the day after qualifying service towards medals for Second World War service (including […]

Vietnam Medal

The Vietnam Medal was instituted in 1968 to recognise New Zealanders who served in the Vietnam War … it was awarded for qualifying periods of 1 day on land, 1 operational sortie by air, 28 days at sea off the coast or 30 days cumulative visits, between 1964-May-29 and 1973-Jan-27 (the latter date was the […]

General Service Medal – 1992 (War)

The New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 (Warlike) was instituted in 1992 to recognise service in warlike operations for which no separate New Zealand or British Commonwealth campaign medal was issued … by the time it was replaced in 2002, four clasps had been issued for warlike operations between 1956 and 1991 … Suez Canal region … […]

General Service Medal – 1992 (Non)

The New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 (Non-Warlike) was instituted in 1992 to recognise service in non-warlike operations for which no separate New Zealand, British Commonwealth, United Nations or NATO campaign medal was issued … thirteen clasps have been issued for non-warlike (peacekeeping) operations since 1954 … Korea 1954–57 … Korea 1958–2000 … Thailand … Sinai (still […]

East Timor Medal

The East Timor Medal was instituted in 2001 to recognise New Zealand personnel (both military and non military) who served in East Timor from the commencement of the New Zealand involvement in June 1999 until 27 April 2006 ■ Ribbon : white, black, red, green, red, black, white stripes … ribbon attached to medal by […]

GSM – 2002 – Solomon Islands

The New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Solomon Islands) was instituted in 2002 to recognise New Zealand personnel (both military and non military) who served in the Solomon Islands and its waters between June 2000 and June 2002 … eligibility for the medal was later extended to those New Zealand personnel who have served with the […]

GSM – 2002 – Afghanistan (Primary)

The New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Afghanistan) – Primary Operational Area was instituted in 2002 to recognise New Zealand personnel (both military and non military) who served in Afghanistan from December 2001 … there are two qualifying geographical areas for the award … the ‘primary’ operational area is within the borders of Afghanistan itself, while […]

GSM – 2002 – Afghanistan (Secondary)

The New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Afghanistan) – Secondary Operational Area was instituted in 2002 to recognise New Zealand personnel (both military and non military) who served in Afghanistan from December 2001 … there are two qualifying geographical areas for the award … the ‘primary’ operational area is within the borders of Afghanistan itself, while […]

GSM – 2002 – Iraq (2003)

The New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Iraq 2003) was instituted in 2004 to recognise New Zealand personnel (both military and non military) who have served in Iraq since 27 May 2003 ■ Ribbon : black, green, white, red, white, green, black stripes … ribbon attached to medal by fixed suspension bar ■ Obverse : ELIZABETH II […]

GSM – 2002 – Timor-Leste

The New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Timor-Leste) was instituted in 2007 to recognise New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) and New Zealand Police personnel who served in Timor-Leste from 28 April 2006, providing stability and security following the outbreak of violence in April 2006 and May 2006 ■ Ribbon : red, yellow, white, black, yellow, red […]

GSM – 2002 – Korea

The New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Korea) was instituted in 2008 to recognise New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel who have served in the Republic of Korea with the United Nations Command Military Armistice Commission (UNCMAC) or the United Nations Command Honour Guard Company since 1 January 2001 ■ Ribbon : blue, yellow, red, yellow, […]

Special Service Medal – Mount Erebus

The New Zealand Special Service Medal (Mount Erebus) was instituted in November 2006 to recognise the service of those New Zealanders who were involved with the extremely difficult and very unpleasant, hazardous, and extreme circumstances associated with the body recovery, crash investigation and victim identification phases of Operation Overdue … Operation Overdue was mounted by […]

Special Service Medal – Asian Tsunami

The New Zealand Special Service Medal (Asian Tsunami) was instituted in December 2005 to recognise New Zealanders who were involved in rescue, relief and rehabilitation efforts in areas devastated by the earthquake off the coast of Sumatra and the resulting tsunami of 26 December 2004 ■ Ribbon : white, red, white, blue, orange, green, yellow, […]

Long & Efficient Service Medal (3)

The New Zealand Long and Efficient Service Medal was instituted in 1887 as The New Zealand Volunteer Long and Efficient Service Medal … it was awarded to non-commissioned officers and soldiers of the New Zealand Volunteers upon completion of 16 years continuous service … in 1891, the statutes of the award were amended to include […]

Armed Forces Award

The New Zealand Armed Forces Award is a long service decoration for Regular Force Officers of the New Zealand Defence Force … established on 6 May 1985, the medal is presented for 15 years of unblemished service ■ Ribbon : dark blue (Navy), crimson (Army), and light blue (Air Force) … these colours represent the […]

Defence Service Medal

The New Zealand Defence Service Medal was instituted in April 2011 to recognise attested military service since 3 September 1945 … the Royal Warrant for the NZDSM allows for one or more clasps to be awarded with the medal … the number of clasps awarded to an individual will be determined by the type(s) of […]

South Vietnamese Campaign Medal (1)

The South Vietnamese Campaign Medal was awarded by the Government of South Vietnam to New Zealand and Australian forces who served for six months in Vietnam between 1960 and 1973 … the Sovereign approved the wearing of the South Vietnamese Campaign Medal by eligible New Zealand personnel in 1966 ■ Ribbon : green, white, green, […]

South Vietnamese Campaign Medal (2)

The South Vietnamese Campaign Medal was awarded by the Government of South Vietnam to New Zealand and Australian forces who served for six months in Vietnam between 1960 and 1973 … the Sovereign approved the wearing of the South Vietnamese Campaign Medal by eligible New Zealand personnel in 1966 ■ Ribbon : green, white, green, […]

Multinational Force & Observers Medal

The Multinational Force & Observers (MFO) Medal was … ■ Ribbon : tba … ribbon attached to medal by suspension loop ■ Obverse : tba … suspension loop ■ Reverse : tba ■ Dimensions : tba * tba mm … ■ Weight : tba g ■ Materials : cupro-nickel ■ NB : replica

United Nations – UNTSO

■ Issued For : United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation (UNTSO) Middle-East 1954 ■ Ribbon : pale blue, white, pale blue, white, pale blue … built in bar with pin back … ribbon attached to medal by ring ■ Obverse : UN … below open wreath around North Pole World View … loop suspension ■ Reverse : IN THE […]

United Nations – UNMOGIP

■ Issued For : United Nations Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) 1952-1976 United Nations India-Pakistan Observation Mission (UNIPOM) India / Pakistan 1965-1966 ■ Ribbon : pale blue, white, light green, medium green, dark green, medium green, light green, white, pale blue … built in bar with pin back … ribbon attached to […]

United Nations – UNEF

■ Issued For : United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF) Middle East 1956 ■ Ribbon : sand, dark blue, sand, green,sand,pale blue, sand, green, sand, dark blue, sand … ribbon sewn to medal ring attachment ■ Obverse : UNEF … below open wreath around North Pole World View … loop suspension ■ Reverse : IN THE SERVICE […]

United Nations – UNOGIL

■ Issued For : United Nations Observation Group In Lebanon (UNOGIL) 1958 ■ Ribbon : pale blue, white, pale blue, white, pale blue … built in bar with pin back … ribbon attached to medal by ring ■ Obverse : UN … below open wreath around North Pole World View … loop suspension ■ Reverse : IN […]

United Nations – ONUC

■ Issued For : (French) Operation des Nations Unies au Congo (ONUC) 1960 ■ Ribbon : dark blue, white, green, white, dark blue … ribbon sewn to medal ring attachment ■ Obverse : UN … below open wreath around North Pole World View … loop suspension ■ Reverse : IN THE SERVICE OF PEACE ■ Dimensions : 36.7 * […]

United Nations – UNYOM

■ Issued For : United Nations Yemen Observation Mission (UNYOM) 1963-1964 ■ Ribbon : pale blue, sand, white, light brown, dark brown, light brown, white, sand, pale blue … built in bar with pIn back … ribbon attached to medal by ring ■ Obverse : UN … below open wreath around North Pole World View … […]

United Nations – UNFICYP

■ Issued For : United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) 1964-1967 ■ Ribbon : pale blue, dark blue, white, dark blue, pale blue … ribbon sewn to medal ring attachment ■ Obverse : UN … below open wreath around North Pole World View … loop suspension ■ Reverse : IN THE SERVICE OF PEACE ■ Dimensions : […]

United Nations – UNEF II

■ Issued For : United Nations Emergency Force II (UNEF II) Middle East 1973 ■ Ribbon : pale blue, sand, dark blue, sand, dark blue, sand, pale blue, sand … built in bar with pin back … ribbon attached to medal by ring ■ Obverse : UN … below open wreath around North Pole World View … loop suspension […]

United Nations – UNHQ

■ Issued For : United Nations Headquarters (UNHQ) 1974-todate ■ Ribbon : pale blue … built in bar with pin back … ribbon attached to medal by ring ■ Obverse : UN … below open wreath around North Pole World View … loop suspension ■ Reverse : IN THE SERVICE OF PEACE ■ Dimensions : 36.5 * 41.7 mm […]

United Nations – UNDOF

■ Issued For : United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) Golan Heights 1973-1986 ■ Ribbon : red, white, black, pale blue, red, pale blue, black, white, red … ribbon attached to medal by ring ■ Obverse : UN … below open wreath around North Pole World View … loop suspension ■ Reverse : IN THE SERVICE OF PEACE ■ […]

United Nations – UNIFIL

■ Issued For : United Nations Interim Force In Lebanon (UNIFIL) 1978-1986 ■ Ribbon : pale blue, white, red, white, green, white, red, white, pale blue … built in bar with pin back … ribbon attached to medal by ring ■ Obverse : UN … below open wreath around North Pole World View … loop suspension ■ […]

United Nations – UNGOMAP (1)

■ Issued For : United Nations Good Officers Mission in Afghanistan and Pakistan (UNGOMAP) 1988-1990 ■ Ribbon : pale blue, white, pale blue, white, pale blue … built in bar with pin back … ribbon attached to medal by ring ■ Obverse : UN … below open wreath around North Pole World View … loop suspension ■ […]

United Nations – UNIIMOG

■ Issued For : United Nations Iran / Iraq Military Observer Group (UNIIMOG) 1988-1991 ■ Ribbon : green, white, red (colours of Iran) and blue (colours of UN) and red, white, black (colours of Iraq) … ribbon sewn to medal ring attachment ■ Obverse : UN … below open wreath around North Pole World View […]

United Nations – UNTAG

■ Issued For : United Nations Transition Assistance Group (UNTAG) Namibia 1989-1990 ■ Ribbon : blue, white, and very narrow black, yellow, red, green, blue, and then white, blue stripes … ribbon attached to medal by ring ■ Obverse : UN … below open wreath around North Pole World View … loop suspension ■ Reverse : IN THE […]

United Nations – UNAVEM

■ Issued For : United Nations Angola Verification Mission II (UNAVEM II) 1991-1995 United Nations Angola Verification Mission III (UNAVEM III) 1995-1997 (Portugese) Missão de Observação das Nações Unidas em Angola (MONUA) 1997-1999 ■ Ribbon : yellow, red, white, black, silver, black, white, red, yellow … ribbon sewn to medal ring attachment ■ Obverse : UN […]

United Nations – UNAMIC

■ Issued For : United Nations Mission in Cambodia (UNAMIC) Cambodia 1991-1882 ■ Ribbon : pale blue, red, yellow, dark blue, white, dark blue, yellow, red, pale blue … built in bar with pin back … ribbon attached to medal by ring ■ Obverse : UN … below open wreath around North Pole World View … loop suspension […]

United Nations – UNTAC

■ Issued For : United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC) 1992-1993 United Nations Military Liaison Team (UNMLT) Cambodia 1993-1994 ■ Ribbon : green, dark blue, pale blue, red, white, red, pale blue, dark blue, green … ribbon sewn to medal ring attachment ■ Obverse : UN … below open wreath around North Pole World View … […]

United Nations – UNOSOM

■ Issued For : United Nations Operations in Somalia (UNOSOM) 1992-1993 United Nations Operations in Somalia (UNOSOM 2) 1993-1994 ■ Ribbon : sand, green, pale blue, green, sand … ribbon sewn to medal ring attachment ■ Obverse : UN … below open wreath around North Pole World View … loop suspension ■ Reverse : IN THE SERVICE […]

United Nations – UNPROFOR

■ Issued For : United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR) Former Yugoslavia 1992-1995 United Nations Confidence Restoration Operation (UNCRO) Croatia 1995-1996 ■ Ribbon : pale blue, brown, pale blue, white, red, white, pale blue, green, pale blue … built in bar with pin back … ribbon attached to medal by ring ■ Obverse : UN … below […]

United Nations – UNMIH

■ Issued For : United Nations Mission In Haiti (UNMIH) 1994-1995 ■ Ribbon : pale blue, white, dark blue, red, white, pale blue … built in bar with pin back … ribbon attached to medal by ring ■ Obverse : UN … below open wreath around North Pole World View … loop suspension ■ Reverse : IN […]

United Nations – ONUMOZ

■ Issued For : (French) Operation des Nations Unies au Mozambique (ONUMOZ) 1994 ■ Ribbon : green, white, pale blue, white, green … built in bar with pin back … ribbon attached to medal by ring ■ Obverse : UN … below open wreath around North Pole World View … loop suspension ■ Reverse : IN THE SERVICE OF […]

United Nations – UNPREDEP

■ Issued For : United Nations Preventive Deployment (UNPREDEP) Macedonia 1995-1999 ■ Ribbon : pale blue, white, red, yellow, red, yellow, red, yellow, red, yellow, red, white, pale blue … built in bar with pin back … ribbon attached to medal by ring ■ Obverse : UN … below open wreath around North Pole World View […]

United Nations – UNTAES

■ Issued For : United Nations Transitional Administration for East Slavonia (UNTAES) 1995-1997 ■ Ribbon : pale blue, green, pale blue, white, red, white, pale blue, yellow, pale blue … built in bar with pin back … ribbon attached to medal by ring ■ Obverse : UN … below open wreath around North Pole World View … […]

United Nations – UNMOP

■ Issued For : United Nations Mission of Observers in Prevlaka (UNMOP) Croatia 1996-2002 ■ Ribbon : dark blue, pale blue, dark blue, white, yellow, white, dark blue, pale blue, dark blue … built in bar with pin back … ribbon attached to medal by ring ■ Obverse : UN … below open wreath around North […]

United Nations – UNOMSIL

■ Issued For : United Nations Observer Mission in Sierre Leone (UNOMSIL) Sierre Leone 1998-1999 United Nations Assistance Mission in Sierre Leone (UNAMSIL) Sierre Leone 1999-2005 ■ Ribbon : dark blue, white, green, pale blue, green, white, dark blue … built in bar with pin back … ribbon attached to medal by ring ■ Obverse : UN … below open wreath […]

United Nations – UNAMET

■ Issued For : United Nations Assistance Mission in East Timor (UNAMET) 1999 United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) 1999-2002 United Nations Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET) 2002-2005 ■ Ribbon : pale blue, red, yellow, white, yellow, red, pale blue … ribbon attached to medal by ring ■ Obverse : UN … below open wreath […]

United Nations – UNMIK

■ Issued For : United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) 1999 ■ Ribbon : pale blue, white, dark blue (colours of Kosovo), white, pale blue … ribbon sewn to medal ring attachment ■ Obverse : UN … below open wreath around North Pole World View … loop suspension ■ Reverse : IN THE SERVICE […]

United Nations – UNMIT

■ Issued For : United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) 2006-2012 ■ Ribbon : pale blue, white, black, yellow, red, yellow, black, white, pale blue … built in bar with pin back … ribbon attached to medal by ring ■ Obverse : UN … below open wreath around North Pole World View … loop suspension ■ Reverse : […]

NATO – Non Article 5 – Balkans

Instituted by The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) in 2002 to recognise service after the amalgamation of all operations in the Balkans into one operational whole … awarded to personnel who began their deployments on or after 3 December 2002 ■ Ribbon : dark blue, white, silver, white, dark blue … clasp : NON ARTICLE […]

NATO – Operations in Kosovo (KFOR)

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Non-Article 5 medal for the Operations in Kosovo was … ■ Ribbon : tba … ribbon attached to medal by suspension loop ■ Obverse : tba … suspension loop ■ Reverse : tba ■ Dimensions : tba * tba mm … ■ Weight : tba g ■ Materials : cupro-nickel ■ NB : replica

NATO – ISAF Operations in Afghanistan

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Non-Article 5 medal for the ISAF Operations in Afghanistan was … ■ Ribbon : tba … ribbon attached to medal by suspension loop ■ Obverse : tba … suspension loop ■ Reverse : tba ■ Dimensions : tba * tba mm … ■ Weight : tba g ■ Materials : cupro-nickel ■ NB : replica

NATO – Operation Ocean Shield (Africa)

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Non-Article 5 medal for the Operations in Africa was … ■ Ribbon : tba … ribbon attached to medal by suspension loop ■ Obverse : tba … suspension loop ■ Reverse : tba ■ Dimensions : tba * tba mm … ■ Weight : tba g ■ Materials : cupro-nickel ■ NB : replica

Memorial Cross

■ Ribbon : purple satin … ribbon attached to medal by ring ■ Obverse : cross shaped with silver ferns on cross arms except top arm which is a crown … in centre : G VI R monogram … behind : wreath … loop suspension ■ Reverse : REPLICA ■ Dimensions : 31.7 * 33.4 mm … ■ Weight : 6.7 g […]

Army 150 Years Commemorative Medal

The New Zealand Army 150th Anniversary Commemorative Medal was originally struck in 1995 by the Wellington Army Association for those who had served in the New Zealand Army at any point in its history from 25 March 1845 to 25 March 1995 … applicants for the medal were required to sign a Statutory Declaration that they […]