New Zealand Gallantry and Bravery Awards - The New Zealand Bravery Star (NZBS)
About the New Zealand Bravery Star
The New Zealand Bravery Star (NZBS) was instituted in 1999 as part of a Government move to replace British awards for bravery with distinctively New Zealand awards. The NZBS replaced the George Medal.
The NZBS is a silver eight-pointed star of four long points and four short 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 BRAVERY – MO TE MAIA".
The NZBS is awarded ‘for acts of outstanding bravery in situations of danger'. Recipients of this award are entitled to use the postnominal letters N.Z.B.D. after their names.
About the ribbon
The ribbon is 32 mm in width, and bright blue with two narrow vertical stripes of red ochre (kokowhai).
The Royal Warrant for the New Zealand Bravery Awards (which includes the New Zealand Bravery 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 outstanding bravery 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 on the New Zealand Bravery Star is available on the New Zealand Honours Unit (Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet) website.
Media Statement concerning the New Zealand Bravery Star
- 21 September 1999 - New NZ Gallantry and Bravery Awards Approved
Recipients of the New Zealand Bravery Star
No New Zealand Defence Force personnel have been awarded the New Zealand Bravery Star.
The New Zealanders who have been awarded the NZBS are listed on the Recipients of the New Zealand Bravery Star page of our website.