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New Zealand Long Service and Good Conduct Medals - The Efficiency Decoration

Obverse View

The Efficiency Decoration obverse view

About the Efficiency Decoration

Since 1931 the Efficiency Decoration has been awarded to officers of the New Zealand Territorial Force (Army) who complete twelve years continuous and efficient service. It replaced the Colonial Auxiliary Forces Officers Decoration which had been in use since 1902. Recipients are entitled to use the post nominal letters 'ED' after their name.

The Efficiency Decoration consists of an oak wreath in silver tied with gold, having in the centre the Royal Cypher and Crown in gold. The height is 54 mm and the maximum width is 37 mm. A ring for suspension from the ribbon is fitted at the top of the Crown. A ribbon brooch bar with the words 'NEW ZEALAND' is always issued with the award.

Efficiency Decorations have also been issued by many other Commonwealth countries and British colonies, including the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Fiji and India. These awards are generally of the same design and also specify the country or colony, but sometimes have a different ribbon.

New Zealand is one of the small number of countries who still issue the Efficiency Decoration to currently-serving military personnel.

About the ribbon

Only one type of ribbon for the Efficiency Decoration has been issued in New Zealand. This is a 38mm wide ribbon of dark green with a yellow stripe down the centre.

Royal Warrant

The Royal Warrant for the Efficiency Decoration can be viewed here.


The New Zealand Regulations for the Efficiency Decoration can be viewed here.

Clasps and Bars

Clasps are awarded for each additional six years efficient service. The service does not need to have been continuous.

Order of Wear

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