Foreign Campaign Medals Awarded to New Zealanders - The Timor-Leste Solidarity Medal
About the Medalha Solidariedade de Timor-Leste (Timor-Leste Solidarity Medal)
The Medalha Solidariedade de Timor-Leste (Timor-Leste Solidarity Medal) was created in 2008 to recognise peacekeeping service in Timor-Leste since the violence that broke out in Timor-Leste in April and May 2006. The New Zealand Governor-General approved the wearing of the Timor-Leste Solidarity Medal by eligible New Zealand Defence Force and New Zealand Police personnel.
Qualifying service for the Timor-Leste Solidarity Medal started on 1 May 2006 and ended on 31 December 2012.
The normal length of qualifying service for this medal is 180 days. However, nominations from National Authorities for those who served for between 120 and 179 days were also considered on a case-by-case basis by the President of the Republic of Timor-Leste.
More than 1100 NZDF personnel and over 170 New Zealand Police personnel have been awarded the Timor-Leste Solidarity Medal.
The Regulations for the Timor-Leste Solidarity 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.
Media Statements concerning the Timor-Leste Solidarity Medal
- 25 May 2010 - Ramos-Horta presents medals to Defence Force personnel
- 6 April 2009 - Timor-Leste Solidarity Medal Update
- 16 February 2009 - Timor Leste President honours Peacekeeping Personnel
- 16 February 2009 - Fitting Recognition of New Zealanders' Work - Hon Heather Roy's speech at 16 February Timor-Leste medal presentation
- 13 February 2009 - Presentation of Service Medal by President of Timor-Leste
Applications for the Timor-Leste Solidarity Medal
Eligible NZDF personnel who have not yet received their Timor-Leste Solidarity Medal should contact the Medals Office via our electronic contact form for enquiries about medals eligibility, issuing or replacement of medals.
Other Campaign Medals awarded to New Zealanders for service in Timor-Leste since 28 April 2006
Note: The UNMIT Medal is only awarded to those who have been posted to UNMIT. Most of the New Zealand recipients of the UNMIT Medal have been New Zealand Police personnel.
Campaign Medals awarded to New Zealanders for service in East Timor / Timor-Leste between 1999 and 27 April 2006
- The East Timor Medal
- The INTERFET Medal
- The United Nations Medal for the United Nations Assistance Mission in East Timor (UNAMET)
- The United Nations Medal for the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET)
- The United Nations Medal for the United Nations Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET)
- The United Nations Special Service Medal for the United Nations Office in Timor-Leste (UNOTIL)
- The New Zealand Operational Service Medal