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New Zealand Gallantry and Bravery Awards - The New Zealand Bravery Medal (NZBM)

Obverse View

The New Zealand Bravery Medal (NZBM) obverse view

Reverse View

The New Zealand Bravery Medal (NZBM) reverse view

About the New Zealand Bravery Medal

The New Zealand Bravery Medal (NZBM) was instituted in 1999 as part of a Government move to replace British awards for bravery with distinctively New Zealand awards. The NZBM replaced the Commendation for Brave Conduct and the Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air.

The NZBM is bronze and circular in shape, bearing on the obverse the Effigy of the Sovereign within the Royal Styles and Titles for New Zealand. On the reverse is the inscription "FOR BRAVERY – MO TE MAIA" within a wreath of New Zealand fern fronds ensigned by a Royal Crown.

The NZBM is awarded ‘for acts of bravery'. Recipients of this award are entitled to use the postnominal letters N.Z.B.M. after their names.

About the ribbon

The ribbon is 36 mm in width, and bright blue with four narrow vertical stripes of red ochre (kokowhai).

Royal Warrant

The Royal Warrant for the New Zealand Bravery Awards (which includes the New Zealand Bravery Medal) 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 bravery. The bars are made of bronze, 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 Bravery Medal is available on the New Zealand Honours Unit (Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet) website.

Media Statement concerning the New Zealand Bravery Medal

New Zealand Defence Force Recipients of the New Zealand Bravery Medal

Information (including the award citations) on other New Zealanders who have been awarded the New Zealand Bravery Medal is available in the New Year's, Queen's Birthday, and Special Honours Lists since 1995 section of the New Zealand Honours Unit (Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet) website.  In particular, see the Special Honours List 1999, the Special Honours List 29 January 2005, the Special Honours List 14 October 2006, the Special Honours List 3 May 2008, the Special Honours List 2 April 2011 and the Special Honours List 2 December 2013.