The New Zealand Armed Forces Award

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  • The New Zealand Armed Forces Award: revoked, on 19 August 2020, by The New Zealand Armed Forces Award (LI 2020/213).

Reprint as at 19 August 2020

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

The New Zealand Armed Forces Award

(SR 1985/89)

The New Zealand Armed Forces Award: revoked, on 19 August 2020, by The New Zealand Armed Forces Award (LI 2020/213).

Elizabeth R

Royal Warrant

Note

Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this official reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

This Warrant is administered by the Ministry of Defence.

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 We are desirous of signifying Our appreciation of the long and faithful service of officers of Our Royal New Zealand Navy, the regular force of Our New Zealand Army, and the regular air force of Our Royal New Zealand Air Force:

We do by these presents for Us, Our Heirs and Successors, institute and create a new Award.

1 Style

The Award shall be designated and styled “The New Zealand Armed Forces Award”.

2 Description

The Award shall be a medal of silver and circular in shape, bearing on the obverse the Crowned Effigy of the Sovereign, and on the reverse two swords in saltire, points upwards, superimposed in the centre of which is a respresentation of an eagle, with wings outstretched, with above a Naval Crown, and below two fern fronds, with stems crossed at the base, the whole surrounded by the inscription “New Zealand Armed Forces Award”.

3 Ribbon

The medal shall be worn from the left breast suspended from a ribbon, 32 mm in width, of dark blue, crimson, and light blue parallel stripes with a central stripe of black.

4 Eligibility (Royalty)

The Award may be worn by Us, Our Heirs and Successors, and it shall be competent for Us, Our Heirs and Successors, to confer at Our Pleasure the Award upon any Princes or Princesses of the Blood Royal and any other members of the Royal Family.

5 Eligibility (Commander-in-Chief)

It shall be competent for Us, Our Heirs and Successors, to confer at Our Pleasure the Award on Our Governor-General and Commander-in-Chief in and over Our Realm of New Zealand.

6 Eligibility (General)

Those eligible for the Award shall be officers of Our Royal New Zealand Navy, the regular force of Our New Zealand Army, and the regular air force of Our Royal New Zealand Air Force serving on or after 1 December 1977, whose character and conduct have been irreproachable, and who are recommended by their commanding officer.

7 Service required

The qualifying period requisite for the Award shall be 15 years full-time service, or an aggregate of 15 years full-time service, in Our Royal New Zealand Navy, the regular force of Our New Zealand Army, or the regular air force of Our Royal New Zealand Air Force.

8 Clasps

(1)

A Clasp to the Award, to be attached to the ribbon when the Award itself is worn, may be granted for each additional 15 years of full-time service subsequent to those for which the Award was granted.

(2)

For each Clasp granted a silver rosette shall be added to the ribbon when worn alone.

9 Reckoning of service

(1)

Subject to subclause (2), the following service may be reckoned towards the qualifying period for the grant of the Award or any Clasp thereof:

(a)

service in Our Royal New Zealand Navy, the regular force of Our New Zealand Army, or the regular air force of Our Royal New Zealand Air Force that includes at least 3 years service as an officer (other than any service, commissioned or non-commissioned, that has been recognised by the award of a medal for long service):

(b)

service in the permanent forces of a country of the Commonwealth of which We are Queen up to a maximum of 7 years (other than service that has been recognised by the award of a decoration or medal for long service):

(c)

where an officer who has been commissioned from the ranks has, before being commissioned, been awarded a medal for long service and good conduct, the qualifying service for the award shall be 15 years from the award of that medal and those 15 years shall include at least 8 years service as a commissioned officer:

(d)

service in a New Zealand reserve or in any territorial volunteer or auxiliary military force or in any other force not involving full-time military service if—

(i)

the New Zealand reserve or force is declared liable or is otherwise liable for continuous service in an emergency; and

(ii)

the member of the New Zealand reserve or force actually renders full-time service.

(2)

Service before the age of 17½ years shall not be reckonable.

10 Registration

The names of all those to whom the Award is granted shall be recorded in a register kept by the Secretary of Defence in Our Realm of New Zealand.

11 Names of recipients

The name of the recipient shall be engraved or stamped on the rim of the medal.

12 Order of wear

In the official list showing the order in which Orders, Decorations, and Medals shall be worn, the New Zealand Armed Forces Award shall in Our Realm of New Zealand be placed immediately after Our New Zealand Meritorious Service Medal.

13 Miniatures

(1)

Reproductions of the Award in miniature, which may be worn on certain occasions by those to whom the Award is granted, shall be approximately half the size of the New Zealand Armed Forces Award.

(2)

A sealed pattern of the miniature Award shall be deposited with and kept by the Secretary of Defence in Our Realm of New Zealand.

14 Delegated powers

Delegated powers to make awards under the terms of this Our Warrant (other than the terms of clauses 4 and 5) shall be vested in Our Defence Council in New Zealand, which shall be competent to make such orders as to the grant of the Award as may be necessary from time to time in amplification of this Our Royal Warrant.

15 Forfeiture and restoration

It shall be competent for Our Defence Council in New Zealand—

(a)

to cancel and annul the conferment of the Award or any Clasp thereof on any person; and

(b)

where it has cancelled and annulled the conferment of the Award on any person, to restore the Award or Clasp to that person.

16 Annulment

We reserve to Ourself, Our Heirs and Successors, full power of annulling, altering, abrogating, augmenting, interpreting, or dispensing with this Our Royal Warrant, or any part thereof, by a notification under Our Sign Manual.

Given at Our Court at Saint James’s, this 6th day of May 1985, in the 34th Year of Our Reign.


By Her Majesty’s Command,

David Lange,
Prime Minister of New Zealand.

Explanatory note

This note is not part of the Warrant, but is intended to indicate its general effect.

The Royal Warrant establishes the New Zealand Armed Forces Award.

The Award is to be granted to officers of the regular forces of the Armed Forces of New Zealand on completion of 15 years full-time service.

Before the making of the Royal Warrant there was no provision for an award for long service to these officers.

Issued under the authority of the Legislation Act 2012.

Date of notification in Gazette: 16 May 1985.

Reprints notes
1 General

This is a reprint of The New Zealand Armed Forces Award that incorporates all the amendments to that Warrant as at the date of the last amendment to it.

2 Legal status

Reprints are presumed to correctly state, as at the date of the reprint, the law enacted by the principal enactment and by any amendments to that enactment. Section 18 of the Legislation Act 2012 provides that this reprint, published in electronic form, has the status of an official version under section 17 of that Act. A printed version of the reprint produced directly from this official electronic version also has official status.

3 Editorial and format changes

Editorial and format changes to reprints are made using the powers under sections 24 to 26 of the Legislation Act 2012. See also http://www.pco.parliament.govt.nz/editorial-conventions/.

4 Amendments incorporated in this reprint

The New Zealand Armed Forces Award (LI 2020/213)