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2005 Archived Medals News

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26 December 2005 - New medal for Asian Tsunami relief efforts

7 September 2005 - New Zealanders eligible for Malaysian military medal

31 August 2005 - World War One pardoned soldiers recognised

11 July 2005 - New Zealanders in line for Malaysian military medal

8 July 2005 - Approval for the acceptance and wear of the NATO Medal for the Non-Article 5 ISAF Operation in Afghanistan

31 January 2005 - Bravery award to RNZAF Iroquois helicopter crewman

31 January 2005 - No. 3 Squadron RNZAF honoured by the Order of St John

31 January 2005 - Wellington Territorial Force sub-unit awarded a Chief of Army's Commendation

14 January 2005 - Gallantry and Bravery awards to three NZDF Personnel in the New Year's Honours List 2005

New medal for Asian Tsunami relief efforts

26 December 2005

Prime Minister Helen Clark and Defence Minister Phil Goff announced a new medal for New Zealanders who served in areas affected by the Boxing Day tsunami.

Helen Clark said the New Zealand Special Service Medal (NZSSM) (Asian Tsunami) will be awarded to New Zealanders involved in rescue, relief, rehabilitation efforts, and associated activities in the areas devastated by the earthquake and resulting tsunami on December 26, 2004.

"The NZSSM (Asian Tsunami) recognises the special service of those New Zealanders who undertook often harrowing tasks in dangerous conditions," Helen Clark said.

"The new medal will also recognise work related to the location of missing New Zealanders, the identification of victims, and a variety of other forms of service.

"The length of qualifying service for the medal will be at least 7 days between 26 December 2004 and 28 February 2005, or at least 14 days between 26 December 2004 and 26 December 2005.

"New Zealanders were involved in relief efforts in Banda Aceh (Indonesia), Phuket (Thailand), Galle (Sri Lanka), Male (The Maldives), and the Andaman Islands.

“Today the NZ ambassador to Bangkok, Peter Rider, will attend commemorations in Phuket, and the deputy NZ ambassador in Jakarta, David Strachan, will attend ceremonies in Banda Aceh, Indonesia."

Defence Minister Phil Goff said that an initial 163 people, who had served in a devastated area in the first two months after the disaster, had been identified as eligible for the medal.

They include personnel from the New Zealand Police, the New Zealand Defence Force, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and non-governmental organisations.

New Zealand Defence Force personnel and New Zealand Police personnel, whose names do not appear on the initial list of recipients, should note that their eligibility for the NZSSM (Asian Tsunami) is currently being assessed by either HQNZDF or the New Zealand Police.

Other New Zealanders who meet the eligibility criteria will be awarded the NZSSM (Asian Tsunami) during 2006, once applications from organisations and individuals are received and approved by the New Zealand Defence Force, who will administer the medal.

Application forms should be sent to: Assistant Director Medals Policy, Personnel Branch, Headquarters New Zealand Defence Force, Private Bag, Wellington, New Zealand.

The list of the 163 people initially identified as eligible to receive the NZSSM (Asian Tsunami) can be found on the NZSSM (Asian Tsunami) initial list of 163 eligible persons page of the NZDF Medals website.

Further details and application form

Further details on the eligibility criteria, and a downloadable application form, can be found on the NZSSM (Asian Tsunami) information and application form page of the NZDF Medals website.

New Zealanders eligible for Malaysian military medal

7 September 2005

Prime Minister Helen Clark announced today that the Queen has given her approval for eligible New Zealanders who served in Malaya / Malaysia to wear the Pingat Jasa Malaysia (PJM) medal.

Helen Clark said the Malaysian government wishes to award the PJM medal to those who served in Malaya / Malaysia for at least 90 days, between 31 August 1957 and 31 December 1966. This also includes service in Singapore between 31 August 1957 and 9 August 1965.

"New Zealand and Malaysia enjoy a long-standing and valuable defence relationship. The Malaysian government's offer of the PJM medal is an acknowledgement of the contribution made by New Zealanders to the security of Malaysia, and the region," Helen Clark said.

Defence Minister Mark Burton said while the PJM medal is a foreign award, it would be administered by the New Zealand Defence Force. The medal recognises certain service in Malaya, Borneo, and Singapore between 1957 and 1966.

"The NZDF will act as the agent for the Malaysian government in the administration of the PJM award. However, in all possible circumstances, senior representatives from the Malaysian government will present medals in person to recipients, including the next of kin in the case of posthumous awards," Mark Burton said.

Application forms should be sent to: Medals Office, Headquarters New Zealand Defence Force, Private Bag 905, Upper Hutt, New Zealand.

Once the applications have been verified, they will be forwarded to the High Commission of Malaysia, in Wellington, which will undertake the approval and presentation of the PJM medal to eligible veterans.

Further details and how to apply

Further details on the eligibility criteria, and on how to apply, can be found on the PJM medal information and how to apply page of the NZDF Medals website.

RNZN deployments eligible for the PJM medal

The following 16 RNZN deployments are eligible for the PJM medal:

  • HMNZS Royalist 31 August 1957 to 18 June 1958
    HMNZS Rotoiti 22 May 1958 to 11 March 1959
    HMNZS Pukaki 6 June 1959 to 15 March 1960
    HMNZS Rotoiti 17 April 1960 to 15 February 1961
    HMNZS Royalist 22 February 1961 to 12 July 1961
    HMNZS Pukaki 9 July 1961 to 23 May 1962
    HMNZS Taranaki 18 May 1962 to 12 March 1963
    HMNZS Otago 5 June 1963 to 25 November 1963
    HMNZS Taranaki 15 December 1963 to 20 August 1964
    HMNZS Otago 15 October 1964 to 10 May 1965
    HMNZS Royalist 20 May 1965 to 29 October 1965
    HMNZS Santon 10 April 1965 to 25 November 1965
    HMNZS Hickleton 12 April 1965 to 27 November 1965
    HMNZS Taranaki 3 November 1965 to 23 April 1966
    HMNZS Santon 26 November 1965 to 20 May 1966
    HMNZS Hickleton 28 November 1965 to 30 July 1966

Personnel who served on two or more of the following five RNZN deployments may be eligible for the PJM medal, if their total number of days of qualifying service (as indicated in brackets) is 90 days or more:

  • HMNZS Royalist 25 March 1959 to 10 June 1959  (53.5 days’ qualifying service)
    HMNZS Otago 23 February 1962 to 26 March 1962  (27 days’ qualifying service)
    HMNZS Royalist 14 March 1963 to 26 June 1963  (75.5 days’ qualifying service)
    HMNZS Royalist 19 May 1964 to 17 July 1964  (33 days’ qualifying service)
    HMNZS Otago 29 April 1966 to 2 September 1966  (67.5 days’ qualifying service)

Related media statements:

27 June 2006 - Issue of Malaysian Medal to New Zealand Veterans

31 March 2006 - First Presentation of the Pingat Jasa Malaysia (PJM) Medal to New Zealand Veterans

11 July 2005 - New Zealanders in line for Malaysian military medal

World War One pardoned soldiers recognised

31 August 2005

Prime Minister Helen Clark today presented war medals, certificates and medallions to the families of three New Zealand soldiers who were executed during World War One, and who were pardoned by Parliament in 2000.

A special ceremony was held in the Legislative Council Chamber for the families of Private Jack Braithwaite, Private Frank Hughes and Private Victor Manson Spencer, who were shot for the offences of mutiny or desertion.

The Pardon for Soldiers of the Great War Act 2000 pardoned five soldiers of the New Zealand Division, First New Zealand Expeditionary Force, who were executed during World War One for either mutiny or desertion. The Act started as a Private Members Bill introduced by Mark Peck and was adopted by Government.

The purpose of the Act was ‘to remove so far as practicable, the dishonour that the execution of those five soldiers brought to those soldiers and their families’.

Helen Clark said today's ceremony marks the end of a sad chapter in our history.

"Military discipline of the day could only recognise dissent or shell shock as the offences of mutiny or desertion, punishable by death by firing squad. In today's ceremony we honour the memory of these three soldiers who volunteered to serve their country.

"Now we can remember their service and sacrifice with pride and sorrow whenever New Zealand commemorates those who died in war, and in the service of peace," Helen Clark said.

The families of two other soldiers pardoned by the 2000 Act, Privates John King and John Joseph Sweeney, will attend a similar ceremony in Canberra next month.

"I am honoured to present these awards to representatives from the Braithwaite, Hughes and Spencer families, who have travelled from Bluff, Christchurch and Hamilton to attend this ceremony," Helen Clark said.

The full text of Prime Minister Helen Clark's speech on 31 August 2005 can be viewed here.

For more information on the war medals, certificates and medallions presented see the 11 July 2005 media statement below.

NEW ZEALANDERS IN LINE FOR MALAYSIAN MILITARY MEDAL

11 July 2005

Prime Minister Helen Clark announced today that she will seek Her Majesty The Queen's approval for eligible New Zealanders who served in Malaya / Malaysia to wear the Pingat Jasa Malaysia (PJM) medal.

The Malaysian Government wishes to award the medal to those who served in Malaya / Malaysia, for at least 90 days, between 31 August 1957 and 31 December 1966.  This also includes service in Singapore up to 9 August 1965.

"A submission is being made to The Queen seeking her approval for those who meet the eligibility criteria to accept and wear without restriction the Pingat Jasa Malaysia Medal (the PJM). It recognises certain service in Malaya, Borneo and Singapore between 1957 and 1966," Helen Clark and Minister of Defence Mark Burton said.

The service which has been deemed eligible by the Malaysian Government for receipt of the PJM medal is substantially broader than the existing New Zealand definition of operational service in Malaysia which currently attracts New Zealand medallic recognition.

"New Zealand and Malaysia enjoy a long-standing and valuable defence relationship. The offer of the PJM Medal is an acknowledgement that the contribution made by New Zealanders to the security of Malaysia, and indeed the region, is highly valued by the Malaysian government.

"More than 7,500 ex-New Zealand military personnel would be eligible to receive the PJM.

"Non-operational service would also be recognised by the PJM Medal. It is estimated that 700 personnel who did not qualify for a New Zealand medal will be able to receive a PJM for various service in and around Singapore, Borneo and the Malay Peninsula," Helen Clark and Mark Burton said.

Further details on the eligibility criteria and the application procedure for New Zealanders will be publicised as soon as Her Majesty The Queen’s approval for the unrestricted acceptance and wear of the Pingat Jasa Malaysia is forthcoming.

Update 7 November 2005: Further details and how to apply

Further details on the eligibility criteria, and on how to apply, can be found on the PJM medal information and how to apply page of the NZDF Medals website.

Related media statements:

27 June 2006 - Issue of Malaysian Medal to New Zealand Veterans

31 March 2006 - First Presentation of the Pingat Jasa Malaysia (PJM) Medal to New Zealand Veterans

7 September 2005 - New Zealanders eligible for Malaysian military medal

FIRST WORLD WAR PARDONED SOLDIERS TO BE RECOGNISED WITH AWARDS

11 July 2005

Prime Minister Helen Clark and Minister of Defence Mark Burton have announced today that they have approved the presentation of war medals, certificates and medallions to the families of the five soldiers who were executed during the First World War for mutiny or desertion and pardoned by Parliament in 2000.

The Pardon for Soldiers of the Great War Act 2000 pardoned the five soldiers of the New Zealand Division, First New Zealand Expeditionary Force, who were executed during the First World War for either mutiny or desertion. The Act started as a Private Members Bill introduced by Mark Peck and was adopted by the Government.

The purpose of the Act was ‘to remove so far as practicable, the dishonour that the execution of those five soldiers brought to those soldiers and their families’.

In addition, as part of the Act, the Government was required to take steps to restore the memory of the soldiers.

Research has shown that the five soldiers would have been eligible for medals, certificates and medallions. It is planned to present the awards to the next of kin at ceremonies in Wellington and Canberra later this year.

The five pardoned soldiers and the awards that will be presented to their families are:

Four of the soldiers were executed and buried in France and one in Belgium.

APPROVAL FOR THE ACCEPTANCE AND WEAR OF THE NATO MEDAL FOR THE NON-ARTICLE 5 ISAF OPERATION IN AFGHANISTAN

8 July 2005

Her Majesty The Queen has recently given Her approval for the unrestricted acceptance and wear of the following foreign medal:

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) Medal for the Non-Article 5 ISAF Operation in Afghanistan for 30 days or more service with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) since 11 August 2003.

Those personnel who are eligible, and who have been awarded the NATO Medal for the Non-Article 5 ISAF Operation in Afghanistan, may now wear the medal.

The NZDF has provided personnel to serve with ISAF since 2002. The leadership of ISAF initially rotated, on an approximately six-monthly basis, between Britain, Turkey, Germany and the Netherlands. On 11 August 2003, NATO took over the strategic command and operational control of ISAF.

Only those NZDF personnel who served with ISAF while it was under NATO leadership are eligible for the NATO Medal (ISAF).

The medal is to be worn as a campaign medal in order of the date of the individual’s service for which it was awarded.

Update: 10 October 2007

The NATO Medal (ISAF) is also awarded for service on the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team (TG CRIB) in Bamian province since 25 October 2006, when TG CRIB (rotation 9) came under NATO ISAF command. Personnel on TG CRIB rotations 1 to 8 are therefore not eligible to be awarded this medal, given that they were under American, rather than NATO ISAF, command.

Bravery award to RNZAF Iroquois helicopter crewman

31 January 2005

The New Zealand Bravery Medal has been awarded to Sergeant (now Flight Sergeant) Christopher Mark Jowsey, Royal New Zealand Air Force for his actions near the township of Kauangaroa on 16 February 2004, while undertaking rescue and evacuation tasks following catastrophic flooding throughout the Manawatu, Rangitikei and Wanganui regions. This award was announced in the Special Honours List 29 January 2005.

No. 3 Squadron RNZAF honoured by the Order of St John

31 January 2005

The Air Force’s Rotary Wing squadron will be honoured this week, with a Priory Vote of Thanks from the Order of St John. The Squadron, based at RNZAF Base Ohakea, is being honoured for the work supporting the community; including search and rescues, civil defence, disaster relief and medical tasks.

More information on the award to No. 3 Squadron can be viewed on the NZDF media release about the award to No. 3 Squadron.

Wellington Territorial Force sub-unit awarded a Chief of Army's Commendation

31 January 2005

Bravo Company, Wellington and Hawkes Bay Battalion (7WnHB), has been awarded a Chief of Army Commendation for its teamwork and superior achievement during the 2003-2004 training year. Considered the most exemplary Territorial Force sub-unit within the NZ Army it set the standard for innovative recruiting and training. Bravo Company was described as having strong leadership, management and professionalism across all ranks.

More information on the award to Bravo Company, and images of Bravo Company, can be viewed on the NZDF media release about the award to Bravo Company.

Gallantry and Bravery awards to three NZDF Personnel in the New Year's Honours List 2005

14 January 2005

Three New Zealand Army personnel have been awarded gallantry and bravery awards in the New Year's Honours List 2005.

The New Zealand Gallantry Decoration has been awarded to Private (now Trooper) Phillip Murray Cheater, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment for his actions in East Timor on 24 July 2000.

The New Zealand Gallantry Medal has been awarded to Corporal Gerald Stewart Fenton, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment for his actions in East Timor on 10 August 2000.

The New Zealand Bravery Medal has been awarded to Sergeant Ngametua Tetava, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment for his actions in Australia on 17 October 1999.

Information (including the award citations) on all New Zealand military personnel who have been awarded New Zealand gallantry and bravery awards since 1999 can be accessed through the links provided on the New Zealand Gallantry and Bravery awards page of the NZDF website.

 This page was last reviewed 8 November, 2013 and is current.