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 the Seal of New Zealand dated 30 May 1996 (SR 1996/205), We were pleased to institute and create a new Order of Chivalry styled and designated
“The New Zealand Order of Merit” and did make, ordain, and establish Statutes for the governance of the same, reserving to Ourselves, Our Heirs and Successors, full power of annulling, altering, abrogating, augmenting, interpreting or dispensing with Our Warrant or any part thereof, by a notification under the Sign Manual of the Sovereign of the Order:
And whereas it appears to Us expedient to alter the style of future Chancellors of the Order and, in certain respects, future membership of the first and second levels of the Order:
We, therefore, in pursuance and exercise of the power vested in Us, do hereby make, ordain, and establish the following Additional Statutes: