New Zealand General Service Medal (Iraq 2015) Regulations 2016

2016/165

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

New Zealand General Service Medal (Iraq 2015) Regulations 2016

Jerry Mateparae, Governor-General

At Wellington this 6th day of July 2016

These regulations are made in accordance with the Royal Warrant (SR 2002/226) dated 23 July 2002 instituting and creating the New Zealand General Service Medal and on the advice of the Prime Minister.

Regulations

1 Title

These regulations are the New Zealand General Service Medal (Iraq 2015) Regulations 2016.

2 Commencement

These regulations come into force on the 28th day after the date of their notification in the Gazette.

3 Award of New Zealand General Service Medal (Iraq 2015)

(1)

The medal known as the New Zealand General Service Medal (Iraq 2015) (the medal) may be awarded.

(2)

The award of the medal is subject to the Royal Warrant and these regulations.

4 Ribbon

The ribbon for the medal is 32 mm in width, of yellow, with narrow green, white, and red stripes on either side.

5 Operational area

In these regulations, operational area means the area within the land territory, airspace, and territorial sea of the country of Iraq.

6 Eligibility

A person is eligible for the medal if he or she—

(a)

served in the operational area on or after 4 November 2014 as a member of, or in connection with, a New Zealand Government deployment to build the capacity of the Iraqi Security Forces; and

(b)

was, at that time,—

(i)

a member of the Defence Force (within the meaning of section 2(1) of the Defence Act 1990); or

(ii)

a Police employee (within the meaning of section 4 of the Policing Act 2008); or

(iii)

an employee or a contractor of a department (within the meaning of section 2(1) of the Public Finance Act 1989) who is—

(A)

a New Zealand citizen (within the meaning of section 4 of the Immigration Act 2009); or

(B)

a permanent resident of New Zealand (within the meaning of section 73 of the Electoral Act 1993); or

(iv)

any other person who the Minister of Defence, on the advice of the Chief of Defence Force, determines is eligible for the medal.

7 Qualification for award

(1)

An eligible person qualifies for the award of the medal if he or she—

(a)

was engaged in service described in regulation 6(a) as a member of a deployment or by providing direct support for 1 day or more; or

(b)

was engaged in service on official visits in the operational area in connection with a deployment described in regulation 6(a) for—

(i)

30 days or more, continuous or aggregated; or

(ii)

for less than 30 days, but the service was terminated due to the person’s death or evacuation owing to wounds or disability caused to the person by that service; or

(iii)

for less than 30 days, but the person has been given a New Zealand Royal Honour for gallantry or bravery for acts while engaged in that service; or

(c)

completed 1 or more sorties, on or after 4 November 2014, into the operational area as aircrew, supernumerary aircrew, or supernumerary crew, while a member of a unit allocated for direct support of a deployment described in regulation 6(a).

(2)

Service for which the medal is awarded is not qualifying service for any other New Zealand General Service Medal.

(3)

Service for which any other New Zealand General Service Medal is awarded is not qualifying service for the medal.

8 Delegation

The Chief of Defence Force, or a member of the New Zealand Defence Force authorised by the Chief of Defence Force, may—

(a)

award the medal to any eligible person who qualifies for the award of the medal; and

(b)

cancel an award of the medal; and

(c)

if the medal is awarded or an award of the medal is cancelled, alter the register maintained under the Royal Warrant accordingly.

9 Forfeiture and restoration

The Chief of Defence Force may—

(a)

order the forfeiture of the medal awarded to a person; and

(b)

order the restoration of the medal to a person whose medal was forfeited; and

(c)

if the medal is forfeited or restored, alter the register maintained under the Royal Warrant accordingly.

Explanatory note

This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.

These regulations, which come into force on the 28th day after the date of their notification in the Gazette, provide for the award of the New Zealand General Service Medal (Iraq 2015) for service, rendered on or after 4 November 2014, related to a deployment to Iraq to build the capacity of the Iraqi Security Forces.

These regulations specify—

  • who is an eligible person for the medal; and

  • what service qualifies an eligible person for the medal.

The regulations are made under a Royal Warrant, The New Zealand General Service Medal (SR 2002/226), which instituted the New Zealand General Service Medal to be awarded to members of the New Zealand Defence Force and certain civilians for “services rendered during war, and both warlike and non-warlike (including peacekeeping) operations commenced since 1 January 2000”.

Issued under the authority of the Legislation Act 2012.

Date of notification in Gazette: 14 July 2016.

These regulations are administered by the New Zealand Defence Force.