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.
1) New Zealand Defence Service Medal
The online application form for the NZDSM. Just click on the How to Apply Online button below.
Paper application forms can be downloaded from our Application Forms page.
Our NZDSM online contact form can be used to submit general questions about the NZDSM, and updating information or providing additional information about your application.
Note: The NZDSM contact form is not an application form.
If you want to speak to someone about a NZDSM related question you can phone us on 0800 334 772 (select Option 2) during business hours.
Information for current serving NZDF military personnel: NZDSMs are being issued via single Services from October 2011. The medals will be issued by the Medals Office in roughly the order of when personnel joined the NZDF, with the longest serving current military personnel receiving their medal first.
Current serving personnel will NOT be required to apply for the medal. Current serving personnel are instructed NOT to directly contact the Medals Office, the HRSC or single Service HQs concerning this medal, as this will simply delay the issue of the medal to the oldest ex-Service persons. Also see our NZDSM FAQ page, including " I am currently serving in the NZ Defence Force. When can I add the NZDSM to my ribbon bar?"
2) Other medals
1. The contact form is not an application form.
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, by phone, or by fax:
The Medals Office
Headquarters New Zealand Defence Force
Private Bag 905
UPPER HUTT 5140
Ph (04) 527 5270
Fax (04) 527 5279
- Application forms
- Applying for miniatures
- General enquiries about medals awarded to you or a family member
- Wearing of medals
- Order of wear: The wearing of medals in New Zealand table
- Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
- NZ Defence Service Medal Frequently Asked Questions and latest updates
- Medals listed by category
- Medal ribbons grouped by category
- Campaign medals for service since 3 September 1945 listed by campaign or mission
- Medals listed by RNZN deployment 3 September 1945 to 2013
- First and Second World War Medals - images and information
- Medals Initiatives 1992 to 2013 - recognising operational service and non-operational service since 3 September 1945
- Index of medals featured or discussed on this website
- How to find the citations for gallantry awards to New Zealand military personnel
- Breaking Medals News
- Archived Medals News 1999 to 2010
- Bibliography of books written about medals
- Links to other medal or military history websites
This page was last reviewed 26 April, 2013 and is current.