The New Zealand Efficiency Medal

2020/215

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

The New Zealand Efficiency 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 signifying Our appreciation of the long service and good conduct of soldiers of the Territorial Force of Our New Zealand Army, which has hitherto been recognised by the conferral of the Efficiency Medal of the same design as that conferred on soldiers in Our Territorial Army of Great Britain or one of Our other Auxiliary Military Forces under Our Warrants dated 23 September 1930, 1 February 1940, 26 August 1944, 4 April 1946, and 10 May 1946 (SR 1954/8):

And whereas We reserved to Us, Our Heirs, and Our Successors full power of annulling, altering, abrogating, augmenting, interpreting, or dispensing with Our said Warrants, or any part thereof, by a notification under Our Sign Manual:

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

1 Designation

(1)

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

(2)

There shall also be a clasp to the medal.

2 Commencement

This Our Warrant comes into force on the day after the date of its notification in the Gazette.

3 Conferral of medal and clasp

(1)

The medal and the clasp may be conferred on persons who have,—

(a)

served as members of Our New Zealand Armed Forces on or after 1 December 1977; and

(b)

before, on, or after that date, served as soldiers of the Territorial Force of Our New Zealand Army (or any force that is for the time being a successor to that force and that is not part of the regular force of the New Zealand Army).

(2)

The medal and the clasp shall be conferred in accordance with regulations that the Governor-General, acting on the advice of the Prime Minister, may determine.

(3)

Regulations made under this Our Warrant may, without limitation,—

(a)

empower the Chief of Defence Force to determine or clarify any matters relating to the conferral of the medal or the clasp; and

(b)

incorporate any material by reference.

(4)

A person who received the medal in accordance with New Zealand regulations made under Our Warrants dated 23 September 1930, 1 February 1940, 26 August 1944, 4 April 1946, and 10 May 1946 may receive a clasp to the medal under this Warrant.

4 Description of medal

(1)

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

(a)

on the obverse, the effigy of the Sovereign; and

(b)

on the reverse, the words “FOR EFFICIENT SERVICE”.

(2)

The medal shall be suspended from an ornamental suspender bearing the words “NEW ZEALAND” in relief.

5 Description of clasps

Clasps shall be oblong in shape and shall bear a Royal Crown. The first 3 clasps shall be in silver. Where a fourth clasp is conferred, the silver clasps shall be replaced by a single gilt clasp. An additional gilt clasp shall be worn for each subsequent clasp conferred.

6 Ribbon

(1)

The medal shall be worn from the left breast from a ribbon, 32 mm in width, of green with yellow edge stripes.

(2)

When the ribbon is worn alone, a small silver rosette may be worn on the ribbon for each of the first 3 clasps conferred. Where a fourth clasp is conferred, the silver rosettes shall be replaced by a single gilt rosette. An additional gilt rosette shall be worn for each subsequent clasp conferred.

7 Miniatures

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

8 Engraving of medal

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

9 Record

The names of all those persons who receive the medal and any clasps shall be recorded by the Chief of Defence Force (or a person appointed by the Chief of Defence Force).

10 Order of wear

The Governor-General, acting on the advice of the Prime Minister, may 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.

11 Powers of conferral, cancellation, forfeiture, and restoration

(1)

The Minister of Defence may confer the medal and any clasps under the terms of this Our Warrant and regulations made under clause 3.

(2)

The Minister of Defence may—

(a)

cancel the conferral of a medal or clasp, or both, on any person and alter the person’s record accordingly; and

(b)

order the forfeiture of a medal or clasp, or both, by any person and alter the person’s record accordingly; and

(c)

restore a medal or clasp, or both, to a person and alter the person’s record accordingly.

(3)

The Minister of Defence may exercise the powers conferred under this clause in respect of any medal or clasp conferred under New Zealand regulations made under Our Warrants dated 23 September 1930, 1 February 1940, 26 August 1944, 4 April 1946, and 10 May 1946.

12 Delegated powers

(1)

The Minister of Defence may delegate powers under clause 11 to the Chief of Defence Force.

(2)

The Chief of Defence Force may delegate any powers delegated by the Minister of Defence under subclause (1) to the holder of a specified office or appointment within the New Zealand Defence Force.

13 Annulment

Our Warrant entitled “The New Zealand Efficiency Medal” and notified in March 2013 under Our Sign Manual, which did not come into force, is annulled.

14 Powers reserved

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 at Saint James’s, this 14th day of August 2020, in the 69th 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 Efficiency Medal (the medal) for long service and good conduct of persons who have served as soldiers of the Territorial Force of the New Zealand Army. It also establishes a clasp to the medal for subsequent periods of service.

The long service and good conduct of soldiers of the Territorial Force have previously been recognised by the conferral of the British Efficiency Medal under Warrants dated 23 September 1930, 1 February 1940, 26 August 1944, 4 April 1946, and 10 May 1946 (SR 1954/8) and regulations dated 23 March 1966 (SR 1966/34). The medal established by this Warrant is similar in design to the British Efficiency Medal. A person who received the British Efficiency Medal in accordance with those regulations may receive a clasp to that medal under this Warrant.

This Warrant—

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

  • empowers the Minister of Defence to confer medals and clasps, cancel the conferral of any medal or clasp, order the forfeiture of any medal or clasp, and restore any medal or clasp:

  • permits the Minister of Defence to delegate the Minister’s powers in respect of medals and clasps to the Chief of Defence Force.

Issued under the authority of the Legislation Act 2012.

Date of notification in Gazette: 18 August 2020.

This Warrant is administered by the New Zealand Defence Force.