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New Zealand Campaign Medals - The New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 (Non-Warlike)

Obverse View

The New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 (Non-Warlike) obverse view

Reverse View

The New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 (Non-Warlike) reverse view

About the New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 (Non-Warlike)

The New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 was instituted in 1992. It was issued in bronze to recognise service in non-warlike operations for which no separate New Zealand, British Commonwealth, United Nations or NATO campaign medal was issued. Thirteen clasps have been issued for non-warlike (peacekeeping) operations since 1954 in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the Pacific.  In 2002, the NZGSM 1992 was replaced by the New Zealand General Service Medal 2002.

The medal is still issued to New Zealand personnel who are currently serving in the Sinai. This is because this operation commenced before 1 January 2000. Operations which commenced on or after 1 January 2000 are recognised by the New Zealand General Service Medal 2002.

The medal is awarded with a clasp to describe where an individual served. It is worn as a war medal, in order of date of qualification. The New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 has also been issued in silver for warlike operations.

New Zealand Defence Force involvement in two missions recognised by the New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 (Non-Warlike) ended in 2005. These missions were in Cambodia and Mozambique.

Design of the New Zealand General Service Medal

On the obverse is the Crowned Effigy of the Sovereign surrounded by the legend: “ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA FID. DEF.”. On the reverse is the inscription “THE NEW ZEALAND GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL” within a wreath of New Zealand flora (pohutukawa blossom, fern fronds and kowhai blossom) ensigned by a Royal Crown. The wreath of New Zealand flora adds a distinctive New Zealand appearance to the medal.

The design and colours of the ribbon are based upon the New Zealand Medal 1845-1847 and 1860-1866, thus are directly linked with the beginnings of New Zealand’s military history. As the first occasion upon which New Zealand had issued a war or warlike service medal outside of the two World Wars or the Vietnam War it was considered that the link with the first military campaigns in New Zealand best reflected New Zealand’s military heritage.

The medal was designed by the New Zealand Herald of Arms, Mr Phillip O’Shea, in consultation with the New Zealand Defence Force.

Royal Warrant

The Royal Warrant for the New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 (Non-Warlike) can be viewed here, and an amendment to the Royal Warrant is here.

Medal Regulations

Regulations are issued for each clasp.

Clasps

Images of the 13 clasps for the New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 (Non-Warlike) can be viewed here.

Order of Wear

The position of the NZGSM (Indian Ocean) in the Wearing of Medals in New Zealand Table can be viewed here. The NZGSM 1992 (Non-Warlike) is worn in order of an individual's date of participation in a campaign or operation for which the medal was first awarded.

Media Statements concerning the NZGSM 1992 (Non-Warlike)

Media Statements concerning service by New Zealand personnel recognised by the NZGSM 1992 (Non-Warlike)

How to apply for the award of the NZGSM 1992 (Non-Warlike)

To apply for the NZGSM 1992 (Non-Warlike) please complete NZDF Personnel Archives and Medals Form No. 1.

Recommended Reading

concerning service by New Zealand personnel recognised by the NZGSM 1992 (Non-Warlike)