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New Zealand Gallantry and Bravery Awards - The New Zealand Gallantry Star (NZGS)

Obverse View

The New Zealand Gallantry Star (NZGS) obverse view

About the New Zealand Gallantry Star

The New Zealand Gallantry Star (NZGS) was instituted in September 1999 as part of a Government move to replace British awards for gallantry with distinctively New Zealand awards. The NZGS replaced the Distinguished Service Order, the Distinguished Conduct Medal, and the Conspicuous Gallantry Medals (naval and flying).

The NZGS is a silver eight-pointed star of equal points with, in the centre, a Royal Crown within a wreath of New Zealand fern fronds, both gilt. On the reverse is the inscription "FOR GALLANTRY - MO TE TOANGA".

The NZGS is awarded ‘for acts of outstanding gallantry in situations of danger'. Recipients of this award are entitled to use the postnominal letters N.Z.G.S. after their names.

About the ribbon

The ribbon is 32 mm in width, and is crimson with white, purple, and white stripes in the centre.

Royal Warrant

The Royal Warrant for the New Zealand Gallantry Awards (which includes the New Zealand Gallantry Star) can be viewed here.


There are no separate Regulations for this award. The administration instructions are included in the Royal Warrant.

Clasps and Bars

Bars can be awarded for subsequent acts of gallantry in situations of danger. The bars are made of silver, are oblong in shape, and bear two New Zealand fern fronds.

Order of Wear

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

Further Information

Further information on the New Zealand Gallantry Star is available on the New Zealand Honours Unit (Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet) website.

Media Statements concerning the New Zealand Gallantry Star

Recipients of the New Zealand Gallantry Star