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New Zealand Campaign Medals - The New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Solomon Islands)

Obverse View

The New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Solomon Islands) obverse view

Reverse View

The New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Solomon Islands) reverse view

About the NZGSM (Solomon Islands)

The NZGSM (Solomon Islands) was instituted in 2002 to recognise New Zealand personnel (both military and non military) who served in the Solomon Islands and its waters between June 2000 and June 2002. Eligibility for the medal was later extended to those New Zealand personnel who have served with the Regional Assistance Mission in the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) from 24 July 2003 to September 2013, and to New Zealand police personnel who provided support and assistance to the Solomon Islands Government in re-establishing order for 30 days or longer between 6 October 2002 and 23 July 2003.

Service on the following NZDF operations are recognised by the award of the NZGSM (Solomon Islands), after 30 days' operational service, or 7 operational sorties, has been accumulated by an individual:

RAMSI is an Australian led intervention force providing assistance in the restoration of law and order to the Solomon Islands. At the peak of New Zealand’s contribution to RAMSI, between September and November 2003, over 220 New Zealand Defence Force personnel and 35 New Zealand police officers were serving in the Solomon Islands. In all, over 1100 New Zealand Defence Force personnel have served as part of RAMSI, as have more than 430 New Zealand police officers.

The NZGSM (Solomon Islands) has been awarded to over 1800 New Zealanders, including more than 475 New Zealand Police personnel.

Further information on service by New Zealand personnel in the Solomon Islands can be found in the media statements listed below, on the Overseas Deployments page and Solomon Islands page of the NZDF website, and on the Medals Listed by Campaign page.

About the ribbon

The proportions of the ribbon follow those used for the New Zealand General Service Medal 1992. The ribbon is comprised of stripes of green, blue and yellow. These are the main colours of the Flag of the Solomon Islands.

Royal Warrant

The Royal Warrant for the New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 can be viewed here.

Medal Regulations

The Regulations for the New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Solomon Islands) can be viewed here.

Clasps and Bars

There are no clasps or bars for this medal.

Order of Wear

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

Media Statements concerning the NZGSM 2002 (Solomon Islands)

Media Statements and Feature Stories concerning service by New Zealand personnel in the Solomon Islands