New Zealand Special Service Medals
The New Zealand Special Service Medal (NZSSM) was instituted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2002, to recognise personnel who undertook special operations which are not normally recognised by a Campaign medal. The Royal Warrant for the NZSSM allows for a number of variants of the award, and to date, three NZSSMs have been struck: the NZSSM (Nuclear Testing), the NZSSM (Asian Tsunami), and the NZSSM (Erebus).
The award of the NZSSM does not qualify a recipient for the award of the New Zealand Operational Service Medal.
Link to Category Ribbons
The Ribbons of the New Zealand Special Service Medal can be viewed here.