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:
Current serving personnel are NOT required to apply for the medal. 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:
New Zealand Defence Force Personnel Archives and Medals
Private Bag 905
UPPER HUTT 5140
Ph (04) 527 5280
Fax (04) 527 5279
3) 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).
4) 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.
- 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 2015
- First and Second World War Medals - images and information
- Medals Initiatives 1992 to 2015 - 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 18 May, 2015 and is current.