This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.
The principal regulations are made under a Royal Warrant, The New Zealand General Service Medal (SR 1992/101), which instituted the New Zealand General Service Medal to be awarded to members of the New Zealand Defence Force and civilians for “services rendered during both warlike and non-warlike (peacekeeping) operations”.
The principal regulations provide that a person who was posted or attached to, deployed in support of, or worked with or alongside the Bougainville Truce Monitoring Group, the Bougainville Peace Monitoring Group, or any subsequent replacement force after 19 November 1997 is eligible for the medal (subject to some further criteria).
The effect of the amendment is to add other instances of service relating to the conflict in Bougainville that, subject to some further criteria, may make a person eligible for the medal. As a consequence of the amendments, a person may be eligible for the medal if the person was posted or attached to, deployed in support of, or worked with or alongside any of the following:
Ministry of External Relations and Trade efforts in the operational area between 1 December 1989 and 31 May 1990 (inclusive):
the peace talks (Operation Big Talk) between 28 July 1990 and 5 August 1990 (inclusive):
the South Pacific Peace Keeping Force (Operation Portus) between 5 October 1994 and 19 October 1994 (inclusive):
the transportation of representatives for peace talks (Operation Coracle Phase 1) on 3 July 1997:
the transportation of representatives of the Bougainville Revolutionary Army and Bougainville Transitional Government and of Papua New Guinea prisoners of war (Operation Coracle Phase 3) between 23 July 1997 and 25 July 1997 (inclusive).
Date of notification in Gazette: 2 March 2017.
These regulations are administered by the New Zealand Defence Force.