The New Zealand Public Service Medal

2018/134

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

The New Zealand Public Service Medal

Elizabeth R

Royal Warrant

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 We are desirous of instituting a medal to be conferred for meritorious service by employees in the New Zealand Public Service:

We do by these presents for Us, Our Heirs, and Our Successors institute and create a new medal.

1 Designation

There shall be a medal designated “The New Zealand Public Service Medal”.

2 Conferral of medal

The medal shall be conferred for meritorious service by employees in the New Zealand Public Service under regulations that the Governor-General of New Zealand, acting on the advice of the Prime Minister, may determine.

3 Description of medal

The medal shall be in silver and circular in shape and shall bear,—

(a)

on the obverse, the effigy of the Sovereign within the Royal Styles and Titles for New Zealand; and

(b)

on the reverse, within a circle a representation of poutama bearing the inscriptions “FOR MERITORIOUS SERVICE” and “HE TOHU HIRANGA”, all within the inscriptions “TOHU RATONGA TŪMATANUI O AOTEAROA” (above) and “THE NEW ZEALAND PUBLIC SERVICE MEDAL” (below), each separated by a heraldic mullet or star.

4 Ribbon

The medal shall be worn from the left breast from a ribbon, 32 mm in width, of red ochre (kōkōwai) with a wide central blue stripe and a narrow white stripe at both edges.

5 Miniatures

Reproductions in miniature of the medal, which may be worn on certain occasions by those on whom the medal is conferred, shall not exceed one-half of the size of the full-size medal.

6 Posthumous awards

The medal may be conferred posthumously.

7 Engraving of medal

The name of the recipient shall be engraved on the rim of the medal.

8 Record

The names of all persons who receive the medal shall be recorded by the State Services Commissioner (or a person appointed by the State Services Commissioner).

9 Order of wear

It shall be competent for the Governor-General of New Zealand, acting on the advice of the Prime Minister, to determine the order of wear of the medal in relation to the insignia of orders, decorations, and medals that have been or may be conferred in Our Realm of New Zealand.

10 Eligibility

Any person, whether or not that person is a New Zealand citizen, shall be eligible for the medal.

11 Powers of conferral, cancellation, forfeiture, and restoration

(1)

Powers to confer the medal under the terms of this Our Warrant and regulations made under clause 2 shall be vested in Our Minister of State Services.

(2)

It shall be competent for Our Minister of State Services to—

(a)

cancel the conferral of a medal on any person and alter the person’s records accordingly; and

(b)

order the forfeiture of a medal by any person and alter the person’s records accordingly; and

(c)

restore a medal to any person and alter the person’s records accordingly.

12 Delegated powers

Our Minister of State Services may delegate powers under clause 11 to the State Services Commissioner (or a person appointed by the State Services Commissioner).

13 Annulment

We reserve to Us, Our Heirs, and Our Successors full power of annulling, altering, abrogating, augmenting, interpreting, or dispensing with this Our Warrant, or any part thereof, by a notification under Our Sign Manual.

Given at Our Court of Saint James’s, this 19th day of July 2018, in the 67th Year of Our Reign.


By Her Majesty’s Command,

Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern,
Prime Minister of New Zealand.

Explanatory note

This note is not part of the Warrant, but is intended to indicate its general effect.

This Warrant establishes The New Zealand Public Service Medal (the medal).

The medal may be conferred for meritorious service by any employee in the New Zealand Public Service and may be conferred posthumously.

This Warrant—

  • empowers the Governor-General to make regulations for the administration of the medal:

  • empowers the Minister of State Services to confer medals, cancel the conferral of any medal, order the forfeiture of any medal, and restore any medal:

  • permits the Minister of State Services to delegate the Minister’s powers in respect of medals to the State Services Commissioner (or a person appointed by the State Services Commissioner).

Issued under the authority of the Legislation Act 2012.

Date of notification in Gazette: 15 August 2018.

This Warrant is administered by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.