New Zealand Campaign Medals - The New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Timor Leste)
About the NZGSM 2002 (Timor-Leste)
The NZGSM 2002 (Timor-Leste) was instituted in 2007 to recognise New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) and New Zealand Police personnel who served in Timor-Leste from 28 April 2006, providing stability and security following the outbreak of violence in April 2006 and May 2006. The length of qualifying service was 30 days or 7 sorties.
Timor-Leste ceased to be an operational area for NZDF and New Zealand Police personnel with effect 31 December 2012.
More than 1,600 NZDF personnel and about 200 New Zealand Police personnel qualified for the award of the NZGSM (Timor-Leste).
More information on the New Zealand and international involvement in Timor-Leste can be found on the Timor-Leste page of the NZDF website.
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 red, yellow, black and white. These are the colours of the National Flag of the Democratic Republic of East Timor / Timor-Leste.
The Royal Warrant for the New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 can be viewed here.
The Regulations for the New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Timor-Leste) 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.
- 15 April 2008 - Presentation at the Beehive of the New Zealand General Service Medal (Timor-Leste)
- 17 December 2007 - Medals to Recognise Service in Timor-Leste and the Solomon Islands
- 30 April 2007 - New Medal to Recognise Service in Timor-Leste
Other Campaign Medals awarded to New Zealanders for service in Timor-Leste since 28 April 2006
Note: The UNMIT Medal is only awarded to those who have been posted to UNMIT. Most of the New Zealand recipients of the UNMIT Medal have been New Zealand Police personnel.
The Government of Timor-Leste's Medalha Solidariedade de Timor-Leste - for International Forces who have served in Timor-Leste during the same period
In 2009 the Government of Timor-Leste began awarding the Medalha Solidariedade de Timor-Leste (Timor-Leste Solidarity Medal) to the personnel of international forces who have served in Timor-Leste for 180 days or more since 1 May 2006.
The first presentation of the Medalha Solidariedade de Timor-Leste to NZDF and NZ Police personnel was on 16 February 2009 in Wellington. More information on the first medal presentation can be found in the media statements linked to below:
16 February 2009 - Timor Leste President honours Peacekeeping Personnel
Recipients of the New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration for their service in Timor-Leste between 28 April 2006 and 31 December 2012 include
Major David Bruce Ackroyd,
Royal New Zealand Army Logistic Regiment (The Duke of York’s Own) -
Queen’s Birthday and Diamond Jubilee Honours 2012
- - also see 7 September 2012 - Governor-General presents Awards to New Zealand Defence Force personnel
- • Captain Michael Peter De Boer, Royal New Zealand Engineers - Queen's Birthday Honours 2008
- • Corporal Sean Anthony Ngatai, Royal New Zealand Army Logistic Regiment (The Duke of York’s Own) - New Year Honours 2008
- • Lieutenant Timothy Andrew O’Donnell, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment - New Year Honours 2008 (Lieutenant O’Donnell was later killed on operational service in Afghanistan in August 2010)
Media Statements concerning service by New Zealand personnel in Timor-Leste
9 November 2012 - Invercargill Soldier Returns from Timor-Leste
8 November 2012 - Last NZ Defence Force Contingent Returns from Timor-Leste
11 November 2011 - International Stabilisation Force (ISF) remembers fallen comrades
11 November 2011 - Kiwis return from six month deployment to Timor-Leste
15 November 2010 - Remembrance day poppies raise money for Timor-Leste orphans
18 May 2010 - Defence Force personnel depart for Timor-Leste (this is the first "down-sized" rotation of up to 75 personnel, rather the previous strength of 140 personnel per six month rotation).
29 March 2010 - Medals awarded for service in Timor-Leste to aid worker
More information about the New Zealand Defence Force operations in Timor-Leste can be found in the Previous Overseas Operations section of the NZDF website.
Campaign Medals awarded to New Zealanders for service in East Timor / Timor-Leste between 1999 and 27 April 2006
- The East Timor Medal
- The INTERFET Medal
- The United Nations Medal for the United Nations Assistance Mission in East Timor (UNAMET)
- The United Nations Medal for the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET)
- The United Nations Medal for the United Nations Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET)
- The United Nations Special Service Medal for the United Nations Office in Timor-Leste (UNOTIL)
- The New Zealand Operational Service Medal