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New Zealand State Honours - The Order of New Zealand

Obverse View

The Order of New Zealand obverse view

About the Order of New Zealand

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II established the Order of New Zealand (ONZ) in 1987 as a distinctive New Zealand honour.  The Order is the highest New Zealand honour. The Order is awarded to recognise outstanding service to the people of New Zealand in a civil or military capacity. It is a single-class Order restricted to 20 living Ordinary Members, however, Additional and Honorary Members may also be appointed. Members of the Order are entitled to use the post-nominal 'ONZ' after their names. 

The badge of the Order consists of an oval medallion in gold and coloured enamels, bearing in the centre the design of the shield of the New Zealand Coat of Arms within a Kôwhaiwhai rafter pattern. The ribbon is red ochre (kôkôwai) with a narrow white stripe towards either edge. The badge of the Order is worn around the neck

The badge must be returned to the Crown on the death of the holder or on the holder ceasing to be a member of the Order. The badge is then passed to another appointee to the order.  More information on the Order of New Zealand is available at the New Zealand Honours Unit website.

Royal Warrant

All New Zealand State Honours are instituted under a Royal Warrant signed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as The Queen of New Zealand. More information on New Zealand State Honours is available at the New Zealand Honours Unit website.

Regulations

State Honours do not usually have separate Regulations. Instructions for the administration of the Order or Honour are usually included in the Royal Warrant. The composite document containing the Royal Warrant and Instructions is usually referred to as the Statutes of the Order.

Clasps and Bars

There are no clasps or bars associated with this honour.

Order of Wear

The position of this honour in the Wearing of Medals in New Zealand Table can be viewed here.

List of Members of the Order of New Zealand

The New Zealand Honours Secretariat maintains a complete list of living and deceased members of the Order of New Zealand.

Lists of Appointments to the Order of New Zealand

Lists of appointments to the Order of New Zealand since 1997 are published on the New Zealand Honours Unit website.