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New Zealand Gallantry and Bravery Awards - The New Zealand Gallantry Decoration (NZGD)

Obverse View

The New Zealand Gallantry Decoration (NZGD) obverse view

About the New Zealand Gallantry Decoration

The New Zealand Gallantry Decoration (NZGD) was instituted in 1999 as part of a Government move to replace British awards for gallantry with distinctively New Zealand awards. The NZGD replaced the Distinguished Service Cross, the Military Cross, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Force Cross, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Military Medal, the Distinguished Flying Medal, and the Air Force Medal.

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

About the ribbon

The ribbon is 32 mm in width, with seven narrow vertical stripes of crimson, white, crimson, purple, crimson, white, and crimson.

Royal Warrant

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

Regulations

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 exceptional 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 Decoration is available on the New Zealand Honours Unit (Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet) website.

Media Statement concerning the New Zealand Gallantry Decoration

Recipients of the New Zealand Gallantry Decoration