The New Zealand Meritorious Service Medal

Reprint
as at 17 May 1985

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

The New Zealand Meritorious Service Medal

(SR 1985/91)

Elizabeth R

Royal Warrant


Note

Changes authorised by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 have been made in this reprint.

A general outline of these changes is set out in the notes at the end of this reprint, together with other explanatory material about this reprint.

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 meritorious service of non-commissioned officers of the substantive rank of Petty Officer or Sergeant and above 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:

And whereas the award of the Medal for Meritorious Service in New Zealand is at present limited to non-commissioned officers of the rank of Sergeant and above of the regular force of Our New Zealand Army:

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

1 Style
  • The Medal shall be designated and styled “The New Zealand Meritorious Service Medal”.

2 Description
  • The Medal shall be of silver and circular in shape, bearing on the obverse the Uncrowned Effigy of the Sovereign, and on the reverse the inscription “For Meritorious Service” within a wreath of laurel surmounted by a Royal Crown and above which is the inscription “New Zealand”.

3 Ribbon
  • The Medal shall be worn from the left breast suspended from a ribbon, 32 mm in width, of crimson having in the centre a narrow stripe of green.

4 Eligibility
  • Those eligible for the Medal shall be non-commissioned officers of the substantive rank of Petty Officer or Sergeant and above 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 who have performed good, faithful, and meritorious service, who exhibit an irreproachable record for the whole of the qualifying period, who have been awarded a Medal for Long Service and Good Conduct, and who are recommended by their commanding officer.

5 Service required
  • (1) The qualifying period requisite for the Medal shall be 21 years full-time service, or an aggregate of 21 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.

    (2) Notwithstanding subclause (1), the qualifying period may be reduced to 18 years for a rating, soldier, or airman invalided from 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, on account of sickness or disability attributable to military service.

6 Reckoning of service
  • Service before the age of 17½ years shall not be reckonable.

7 Limitation
  • (1) Our Defence Council in New Zealand may limit the maximum number of medals to be held by non-commissioned officers of the substantive rank of Petty Officer or Sergeant and above 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.

    (2) Notwithstanding any limit imposed under subclause (1), the Medal may be awarded to eligible persons immediately before their release from 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 Registration
  • The names of all those to whom the Medal is awarded shall be recorded in a register kept by the Secretary of Defence in Our Realm of New Zealand.

9 Names of recipients
  • The name of the recipient shall be engraved or stamped on the rim of the Medal.

10 Order of wear
  • In the official list showing the order in which Orders, Decorations, and Medals shall be worn, the New Zealand Meritorious Service Medal shall in Our Realm of New Zealand be placed before any long service and good conduct medal.

11 Miniatures
  • (1) Reproductions of the Medal in miniature, which may be worn on certain occasions by those to whom the Medal is awarded, shall be approximately half the size of the New Zealand Meritorious Service Medal.

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

12 Delegated powers
  • Delegated powers to make awards under the terms of this Our Warrant shall be vested in Our Defence Council in New Zealand, which shall be competent to make such orders as to the award of the Medal as may be necessary from time to time in amplification of this Our Royal Warrant.

13 Forfeiture and restoration
  • It shall be competent for Our Defence Council in New Zealand—

    • (a) to cancel and annul the conferment of the Medal on any person; and

    • (b) where it has cancelled and annulled the conferment of the Medal on any person, to restore the Medal to that person.

14 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 Meritorious Service Medal.

The Medal (which is of the design traditionally awarded for meritorious service in the New Zealand Army) is specific to New Zealand. It is to be awarded for meritorious service to non-commissioned officers of the substantive rank of Petty Officer or Sergeant and above of the Royal New Zealand Navy, the regular force of the New Zealand Army, and the regular air force of the Royal New Zealand Air Force.

The medal that has been traditionally awarded for meritorious service has been awarded only to non-commissioned officers of the rank of Sergeant and above of the regular force of the New Zealand Army. That medal was instituted under the auspices of a British Royal Warrant, dated 31 May 1895, which made provision for the award of medals for meritorious service to members of the Colonial Forces under such regulations as might from time to time be recommended by the Governors of the Colonies and approved by the Secretary of State for War.


Issued under the authority of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989.

Date of notification in Gazette: 16 May 1985.


Contents

  • 1General

  • 2Status of reprints

  • 3How reprints are prepared

  • 4Changes made under section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989

  • 5List of amendments incorporated in this reprint (most recent first)


Notes
1 General
  • This is a reprint of The New Zealand Meritorious Service Medal. The reprint incorporates all the amendments to the warrant as at 17 May 1985, as specified in the list of amendments at the end of these notes.

    Relevant provisions of any amending enactments that contain transitional, savings, or application provisions that cannot be compiled in the reprint are also included, after the principal enactment, in chronological order. For more information, see http://www.pco.parliament.govt.nz/reprints/ .

2 Status of reprints
  • Under section 16D of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989, reprints are presumed to correctly state, as at the date of the reprint, the law enacted by the principal enactment and by the amendments to that enactment. This presumption applies even though editorial changes authorised by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 have been made in the reprint.

    This presumption may be rebutted by producing the official volumes of statutes or statutory regulations in which the principal enactment and its amendments are contained.

3 How reprints are prepared
  • A number of editorial conventions are followed in the preparation of reprints. For example, the enacting words are not included in Acts, and provisions that are repealed or revoked are omitted. For a detailed list of the editorial conventions, see http://www.pco.parliament.govt.nz/editorial-conventions/ or Part 8 of the Tables of New Zealand Acts and Ordinances and Statutory Regulations and Deemed Regulations in Force.

4 Changes made under section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989
  • Section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 authorises the making of editorial changes in a reprint as set out in sections 17D and 17E of that Act so that, to the extent permitted, the format and style of the reprinted enactment is consistent with current legislative drafting practice. Changes that would alter the effect of the legislation are not permitted.

    A new format of legislation was introduced on 1 January 2000. Changes to legislative drafting style have also been made since 1997, and are ongoing. To the extent permitted by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989, all legislation reprinted after 1 January 2000 is in the new format for legislation and reflects current drafting practice at the time of the reprint.

    In outline, the editorial changes made in reprints under the authority of section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 are set out below, and they have been applied, where relevant, in the preparation of this reprint:

    • omission of unnecessary referential words (such as of this section and of this Act)

    • typeface and type size (Times Roman, generally in 11.5 point)

    • layout of provisions, including:

      • indentation

      • position of section headings (eg, the number and heading now appear above the section)

    • format of definitions (eg, the defined term now appears in bold type, without quotation marks)

    • format of dates (eg, a date formerly expressed as the 1st day of January 1999 is now expressed as 1 January 1999)

    • position of the date of assent (it now appears on the front page of each Act)

    • punctuation (eg, colons are not used after definitions)

    • Parts numbered with roman numerals are replaced with arabic numerals, and all cross-references are changed accordingly

    • case and appearance of letters and words, including:

      • format of headings (eg, headings where each word formerly appeared with an initial capital letter followed by small capital letters are amended so that the heading appears in bold, with only the first word (and any proper nouns) appearing with an initial capital letter)

      • small capital letters in section and subsection references are now capital letters

    • schedules are renumbered (eg, Schedule 1 replaces First Schedule), and all cross-references are changed accordingly

    • running heads (the information that appears at the top of each page)

    • format of two-column schedules of consequential amendments, and schedules of repeals (eg, they are rearranged into alphabetical order, rather than chronological).

5 List of amendments incorporated in this reprint (most recent first)