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 the New Zealand Police following the crash of Air New Zealand DC-10-30 ZK-NZP Flight TE901 on the north slope of Mount Erebus, Ross Island, Antarctica on 28 November 1979, with the loss of all 257 passengers and crew

■ Ribbon : white, dark blue, pale blue, white, black, white, pale blue, dark blue, white … ribbon attached to medal by ring

■ Obverse : a representation of the New Zealand Coat of Arms … loop suspension

■ Reverse : a representation of a bouquet of New Zealand flora, composed of fern fronds and sprigs of blossom of Pohutukawa, Manuka, Kowhai, and Mt Cook Lilies with a scroll below inscribed with the words FOR SPECIAL SERVICE

■ Dimensions : 36.0 * 48.7 mm … ■ Weight : 24.8 g

■ Materials : gold-plated brass