ELIZABETH THE SECOND, by the Grace of God Queen of New Zealand and Her Other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, to all to whom these Presents shall come, GREETING!
WHEREAS by a Warrant under Our Sign Manual dated the Eighth day of September, One Thousand Nine Hundred and Seventy Six, We were pleased to institute and create a Medal designated The New Zealand Fire Brigades Long Service and Good Conduct Medal and did make, ordain and establish rules and ordinances for the governance of the same, reserving to Ourself, Our Heirs and Successors, full power of annulling, altering, abrogating, augmenting, interpreting or dispensing with the rules and ordinances, or any part thereof, by a notification under Our Sign Manual:
AND WHEREAS We deem it expedient that the said Warrant should be amended to extend the eligibility for the Medal and previous service which may be allowed to reckon towards the required period of qualifying service for the award of the Medal or any Clasp thereof:
NOW THEREFORE, We do hereby declare that the Fourth and Fifth Clauses of our Warrant shall be abrogated, cancelled and annulled and in substitution thereof We, by these Presents for Us, Our Heirs and Successors, are graciously pleased to make, ordain and establish the following rules and ordinances:
Fourthly: Eligibility.—Those eligible for the Medal shall be persons (not being members of Our New Zealand Armed Forces) serving as full time or part time members of a Fire Brigade or Fire Service operated or maintained by, or registered with, the New Zealand Fire Service Commission or a Government Department in Our Realm of New Zealand on or after the first day of April 1976, and whose conduct is, in the opinion of the New Zealand Fire Service Commission, of such good standard to warrant the Medal.
Fifthly: Service Required.—The qualifying period requisite for the Medal shall be fourteen years full time or part time, or an aggregate of fourteen years full time or part time, service in a Fire Brigade or Fire Service operated or maintained by, or registered with, the New Zealand Fire Service Commission or a Government Department in Our Realm of New Zealand.
We do also ordain that the Seventh Clause of Our original Warrant shall be amended by the addition of the following paragraph:
d Full time or part time service in a Fire Brigade or Fire Service operated or maintained by a body corporate, provided that such service is in the opinion of the Minister of Internal Affairs, or a Minister of the Crown deputising for the Minister of Internal Affairs, deemed to be of a similar standard to that prescribed for other Fire Brigades or Fire Services within Our Realm of New Zealand.
AND it is Our Will and Pleasure that these amendments shall be taken and received as part and parcel of the Warrant for the said Medal and shall henceforth be inviolably observed and kept.