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 the New Zealand War Service Medal) ended

■ Ribbon : white, black, white, black, white, black, white, black, white, black, white stripes … ribbon attached to medal by fixed suspension bar

■ Obverse : coat of arms of New Zealand … fixed bar suspension

■ Reverse : kiwi on straight lines … * NEW ZEALAND * … wavy lines … FOR OPERATIONAL / SERVICES

■ Dimensions : 35.4 * 47.3 mm … ■ Weight : 23.3 g

■ Materials : cupro-nickel

■ NB : replica