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This website is intended to give general coverage of most of the medals which have been awarded to New Zealand military personnel from the Boer War in 1899 to the present day. Information on applying for medals and FAQs can be found here. An index of medals discussed or featured on the NZDF Medals website can be accessed here. Breaking Medals News can be viewed here.

For those who seek a more detailed coverage of honours, decorations, medals and awards see our comprehensive Bibliography here, and list of links to other medallic websites here.

1) medals

The electronic contact form for enquiries about medals eligibility, issuing or replacement of medals can be accessed here.


1. The contact form is not an application form.

2. Application forms can be found on our Application Forms page.

3. If you are making a general enquiry about your medal entitlement, or that of a family member, please include military service number (if known), dates served in the military and date of birth, so we can find the correct military file.

Please also see the General enquiries about medals awarded to you or a family member section of our website.

Enquiries can also be made in writing or by phone:

New Zealand Defence Force Personnel Archives and Medals
Private Bag 905

Ph (04) 527 5280

or 0800 334 772 (select Option 2) during business hours.

Information for current serving NZDF military personnel:

Current serving personnel are NOT required to apply for medals they have recently completed the qualifying criteria for.

For example, see our New Zealand Defence Service Medal FAQ page, including " I am currently serving in the NZ Defence Force. When can I add the NZDSM to my ribbon bar?"

If you need to call New Zealand Defence Force Personnel Archives and Medals the DTelN is 347 7280. (Note: This phone number will only work within the NZDF telephone system).

2) Nominations for New Zealand Royal Honours and Chief of Defence Commendations for currently serving NZDF personnel

How to apply for these awards is specified in NZDF Form MD592, see Section 5. (Note: This link to the NZDF Forms page will only work on the NZDF intranet).

NZDF Form MD592A will also need to be completed for awards for distinguished and meritorious service.

If further information on the application process is required, please contact Mr David Baguley, Manager Honours and Awards, Directorate of Career and Talent Management, HQNZDF – DTelN 349 8814. (Note: This phone number will only work within the NZDF telephone system).

3) Nominations for New Zealand Royal Honours for other New Zealanders

These honours are not administered by the New Zealand Defence Force. Please see the Honours Unit, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet website.

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 This page was last reviewed 26 April, 2019 and is current.