The New Zealand Service Medal 1946–1949

Reprint
as at 2 August 2002

Crest

The New Zealand Service Medal 1946–1949

(SR 2002/225)

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.

These regulations are administered by the New Zealand Defence Force.


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 whom these Presents shall come, Greeting!

Whereas by a Warrant under Our Sign Manual dated the Third day of November, One Thousand Nine Hundred and Ninety-Five (SR 1995/244), We were pleased to institute and create a Medal designated The New Zealand Service Medal 1946–1949:

And Whereas We deem it expedient that certain amendments should be made to the said Warrant to extend the eligibility for the Medal to include, in addition to those who served with the British Commonwealth Occupation Force, all persons who served in Japan in connection with the occupation of that country between 3 September 1945 and 31 March 1949.

Now therefore, We do declare that the rules and ordinances contained in the said Warrant shall be abrogated, cancelled, and annulled, and We, by these Presents for Us, Our Heirs and Successors, are pleased to make, ordain, and establish the following rules and ordinances in substitution for the same:

1 Style
  • The Medal shall be styled and designated The New Zealand Service Medal 1946–1949.

2 Description
  • The Medal shall be circular in shape, bearing,—

    • (a) on the obverse, the New Zealand Coat of Arms; and

    • (b) on the reverse, the inscription FOR SERVICE TO NEW ZEALAND 1946–1949, with a representation of a fern frond below.

3 Ribbon
  • The Medal shall be worn from the left breast suspended from a ribbon, 32 millimetres in width, of white having in the centre a narrow red stripe and at the edges narrow stripes of black.

4 Operational area
  • In this warrant, operational area means the political boundaries, territorial seas, and airspace of Japan.

5 Eligibility
  • The following persons shall be eligible for the Medal if they have served in the operational area between 3 September 1945 and 31 March 1949:

    • (a) members of the Defence Forces (within the meaning of the Defence Act 1909); or

    • (b) members of the Naval Forces (within the meaning of the Naval Defence Act 1913); or

    • (c) members of the Royal New Zealand Air Force (within the meaning of the Air Force Act 1937); or

    • (d) members of the New Zealand Merchant Navy; or

    • (e) members of the crew of an aircraft operated by a civil airline incorporated in New Zealand; or

    • (f) New Zealand civilians; or

    • (g) any other persons whom Our Minister of Defence, on the advice of the Chief of Defence Force, may determine.

6 Qualifying service: Defence Forces, Naval Forces, and Royal New Zealand Air Force
  • Members of the Defence Forces, Naval Forces, or Royal New Zealand Air Force qualify for the award of the Medal if they have served for 28 days, whether on full-time or part-time service, with the occupation forces in the operational area.

7 Qualifying service: New Zealand Merchant Navy
  • Members of the New Zealand Merchant Navy qualify for the award of the Medal if they have served, for an aggregate of at least 28 days in the operational area, working with or alongside a New Zealand Government contribution to the occupation forces.

8 Qualifying Service: civilian aircrew
  • Members of the crew of an aircraft operated by a civil airline incorporated in New Zealand qualify for the award of the Medal if they have served, for an aggregate of at least 48 flying hours, in the operational area.

9 Qualifying service: New Zealand civilians
  • New Zealand civilians qualify for the award of the Medal if they have served, for 28 days in the operational area, working with or alongside a New Zealand Government contribution to the occupation forces.

10 Qualifying service: general
  • (1) Service in the operational area that is brought to an end by any of the following circumstances qualify for the award of the Medal even though the service may not amount to that prescribed for the award of the Medal in clauses 6 to 9:

    • (a) death; or

    • (b) evacuation owing to wounds or other disability due to service; or

    • (c) withdrawal at the direction of the New Zealand Government for official reasons (not personal or compassionate):

    (2) Service in the operational area which is less than that prescribed for the award of the Medal in clauses 6 to 9, but has been recognised by a Royal Honour for gallantry, bravery, or meritorious service, equivalent or senior to the Queen's Service Medal, qualifies for the award of the Medal.

11 Register
  • The names of all those persons who receive the Medal shall be recorded in a register kept by the Chief of Defence Force.

12 Names of recipients
  • The Medal shall be issued unnamed and accompanied by a certificate bearing the name of the recipient.

13 Order of wear
  • In the official list showing the order in which Orders, Decorations, and Medals shall be worn, the New Zealand Service Medal 1946–1949 shall be worn, according to the date of award, as a war medal.

14 Miniatures
  • (1) Reproductions of the Medal, in miniature, which may be worn on certain occasions by those persons who have received the Medal, shall not exceed one-half of the size of the full-size Medal.

    (2) A sealed pattern of the miniature Medal shall be deposited with, and kept by, the Chief of Defence Force.

15 Delegated powers
  • Delegated powers to make awards of the Medal under the terms of this Our Warrant are vested in the Chief of Defence Force or an officer of the New Zealand Defence Force authorised by the Chief of Defence Force.

16 Forfeiture and restoration
  • It shall be competent for the Chief of Defence Force or a Chief of Staff acting for the Chief of Defence Force to—

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

    • (b) if the conferment of the Medal on a person has been cancelled or annulled, restore the Medal to that person.

17 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 of it, by a notification under Our Sign Manual.

Given at Our Court at Saint James's, this 23rd day of July 2002, in the 51st Year of Our Reign.

By Her Majesty's Command.

Helen Clark,
Prime Minister of New Zealand.


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

Date of notification in Gazette: 1 August 2002.


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 Service Medal 1946–1949. The reprint incorporates all the amendments to the warrant as at 2 August 2002, as specified in the list of amendments at the end of these notes.

    Relevant provisions of any amending enactments that have yet to come into force or that contain relevant transitional or savings provisions are also included, after the principal enactment, in chronological order.

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)