British Commonwealth War and Campaign Medals Awarded to New Zealanders - The Rhodesia Medal
About the Rhodesia Medal
The Rhodesia Medal was instituted in 1980 to recognise service in Rhodesia, prior to and during the independence elections. The start date for qualifying service towards the award of the Rhodesia Medal is 1 December 1979, with the end date for qualifying service being 20 March 1980.
On 23 and 25 December 1979, 74 New Zealand military personnel arrived in Rhodesia to serve as cease-fire monitors under the command of Colonel David Moloney, New Zealand Army. These personnel left the operational area on 5 March 1980 after the successful settlement of the Rhodesian dispute and the establishment of the independent state of Zimbabwe.
Campaign Medals are instituted by Warrants signed by the reigning Sovereign at the time they are instituted. Originals of Warrants can often be found in Medals Publications, Archives, Libraries and Museums.
The Regulations for the Rhodesia Medal can be viewed here.
Clasps and Bars
There are no clasps or bars for this medal.
Order of Wear
The position of this medal in the Wearing of Medals in New Zealand Table can be viewed here.
In August 2018, the position of the Rhodesia Medal in the New Zealand Order of Wear was amended. The change allows the medal to be worn as a ‘campaign medal’.
Previously it was worn after the New Zealand Defence Service Medal, rather than as a campaign medal.
Changing its order of wear brings the Rhodesia Medal in line with all other medals for operational service, and is consistent with the decision in 2001 to award the New Zealand Operational Service Medal for this service.
Further Information on the Service in Rhodesia by New Zealand military personnel
For a detailed discussion of the involvement of New Zealand military personnel as part of the Commonwealth Monitoring Force in Rhodesia please consult John Crawford¸ In The Field for Peace: New Zealand’s Contribution to International Peace-Support Operations: 1950-1995, published by the New Zealand Defence Force in 1996. See pages 24 to 26. This book is available in public libraries throughout New Zealand.