The New Zealand Special Service Medal (Nuclear Testing) was instituted in July 2002 to recognise the service of those personnel who were part of an official New Zealand Government presence at an atmospheric nuclear test between 1956 and 1973

■ Ribbon : black, white, pink, red, orange, red, pink, white, black … 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 : 24.6 g

■ Materials : gold-plated brass