The Royal New Zealand Naval Reserves Officers' Decorations

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Coat of Arms of New Zealand

The Royal New Zealand Naval Reserves Officers’ Decorations

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 by a Warrant dated 6 May 1985 (SR 1985/93), We were pleased to institute decorations, styled and designated “The Royal New Zealand Naval Reserve Decoration” and “The Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve Decoration”, for conferral on officers of Our Royal New Zealand Naval Reserve and Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve, and reserved to Us, Our Heirs, and Our Successors full power of annulling, altering, abrogating, augmenting, interpreting, or dispensing with Our Warrant, or any part thereof, by a notification under Our Sign Manual:

And whereas it appears to Us expedient to make new provisions and amendments to Our said Warrant:

We do by these presents for Us, Our Heirs, and Our Successors revoke Our Warrant of 6 May 1985 and establish, in respect of the decorations instituted and created by Our said Warrant, the following rules and ordinances.

1 Designation

(1)

There shall continue to be decorations designated “The Royal New Zealand Naval Reserve Decoration” and “The Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve Decoration”.

(2)

There shall also continue to be clasps to the decorations.

2 Commencement

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

3 Conferral of decorations and clasps

(1)

The decorations and the clasps may be conferred on persons who—

(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 officers in Our Royal New Zealand Naval Reserve or Our Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve (or any force that is for the time being a successor to either force and that is not part of the regular force of the Royal New Zealand Navy).

(2)

The decorations and the clasps 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 decoration or the clasp; and

(b)

incorporate any material by reference.

(4)

A person who received a decoration under any of the following may receive a clasp to the decoration under this Warrant:

(a)

Our Warrant dated 6 May 1985:

(b)

the regulations entitled “Decoration for Officers of the Royal Naval Reserve” and dated September 1909 (provided the decoration was received for service in Our Royal New Zealand Naval Reserve):

(c)

the regulations entitled “Decoration for Officers of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve” and dated September 1909 (provided the decoration was received for service in Our Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve).

4 Description of decorations

The decorations shall bear the Royal Cypher in gilt within a silver oval loop of rope tied at the base in a sailor’s knot, the whole surmounted by a Royal Crown in gilt.

5 Description of clasps

Clasps shall be in gilt and oblong in shape and shall bear the Royal Cypher.

6 Ribbon

(1)

The decorations shall be worn from the left breast from a ribbon, 38 mm in width, which,—

(a)

for The Royal New Zealand Naval Reserve Decoration, shall be of green edged in white; and

(b)

for The Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve Decoration, shall be of blue with 2 narrow crimson stripes in the centre separated by a broader green stripe.

(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 Post-nominal distinction

An officer on whom either of the decorations is conferred shall be entitled, on all occasions when the use of such letters is customary, to have placed after their name the letters “RD” or “VRD”, as appropriate.

8 Miniatures

Reproductions in miniature of the decorations and clasps, which may be worn on certain occasions by those on whom a decoration or clasp is conferred, shall not exceed one-half of the size of the full-size decorations and clasps.

9 Engraving of decorations

The name of the recipient shall be engraved on the reverse of the decorations.

10 Record

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

11 Order of wear

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

12 Powers of conferral, cancellation, forfeiture, and restoration

(1)

The Minister of Defence may confer the decorations 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 decoration or clasp, or both, on any person and alter the person’s record accordingly; and

(b)

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

(c)

restore a decoration 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 a decoration or clasp conferred under any of the following:

(a)

Our Warrant dated 6 May 1985:

(b)

the regulations entitled “Decoration for Officers of the Royal Naval Reserve” and dated September 1909 (provided the decoration was received for service in Our Royal New Zealand Naval Reserve):

(c)

the regulations entitled “Decoration for Officers of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve” and dated September 1909 (provided the decoration was received for service in Our Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve).

13 Delegated powers

(1)

The Minister of Defence may delegate powers under clause 12 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.

14 Annulment

Our Warrant entitled “The Royal New Zealand Naval Reserves Officers’ Decorations” and notified in March 2013 under Our Sign Manual, which did not come into force, is annulled.

15 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 continues The Royal New Zealand Naval Reserve Decoration and The Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve Decoration (the decorations) for long service and good conduct of persons who have served as officers in the Royal New Zealand Naval Reserve and Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve. It also continues a clasp to the decorations for subsequent periods of service. It revokes and replaces the Warrant dated 6 May 1985 (The Royal New Zealand Naval Reserves Officers’ Decorations (SR 1985/93)). A person who received a decoration under the 1985 Warrant or the 1909 regulations referred to in clause 3(4) may receive a clasp to that decoration under this Warrant.

This Warrant—

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

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

  • permits the Minister of Defence to delegate the Minister’s powers in respect of the decorations 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.