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,
Prime Minister of New Zealand.
This note is not part of the warrant, but is intended to indicate its general effect.
The Royal Warrant establishes the Royal New Zealand Naval Reserve Decoration and the Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve Decoration.
Long and efficient service by officers of the Royal New Zealand Naval Reserve and the Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve has traditionally been recognised by the award of the Royal Naval and Royal Marine Decoration (RD) and the Royal Naval and Royal Marine Forces Volunteer Reserve Decoration (VRD) respectively.
However, the VRD is no longer awarded and the differences between the organisation of the Royal Navy and the organisation of the Royal New Zealand Navy are now such that Admiralty Board regulations are no longer applicable to New Zealand conditions.
The new Decorations (which are of traditional design) are specific to New Zealand and are to be awarded to officers of the Royal New Zealand Naval Reserve and the Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve.