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The East Timor Medal

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Royal Warrant

Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God Queen of New Zealand and Her Other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, to all to whom these Presents shall come, Greeting!

Whereas We are desirous of instituting a medal to award to members of Our New Zealand Defence Force and certain other persons who serve in East Timor:

We do by these Presents for Us, Our Heirs and Successors, institute and create a new Medal.

  1. Style
    The Medal shall be styled and designated "The East Timor Medal".
  2. Description
    The Medal must be circular in shape, bearing -
    1. on the obverse, the Effigy of the Sovereign within the Royal styles and titles for New Zealand; and
    2. on the reverse, a representation of the head of a Kiwi, facing to the right and overshadowing a map of East Timor with the words "EAST TIMOR" below and, in the top right of the field, a sprig of olive leaves.
  3. Ribbon
    The Medal shall be worn from the left breast suspended from a ribbon, 32 millimetres in width, of white, black, red, green, red, black, and white stripes.
  4. Operational area
    In this warrant, operational area means the political boundaries and airspace of the Non-self Governing Territory of East Timor and the maritime area of 50 nautical miles around East Timor and Atauro Island, and a corridor from anywhere within this maritime area for direct passage to Darwin, terminating at the outer limit of the territorial sea of Australia.
  5. Eligibility
    The following persons shall be eligible for the Medal if they have served in the operational area during the required period of service:
    1. members of the New Zealand Defence Force who have been posted to or attached to, or worked with or alongside, a New Zealand Government contribution to a United Nations mission or an international force:
    2. members of the New Zealand Police who have been posted to or attached to, or worked with or alongside, a New Zealand Government contribution to a United Nations mission or an international force:
    3. New Zealand civilians working with or alongside a New Zealand Government contribution to a United Nations mission or an international force:
    4. New Zealand civilians working on a temporary basis with a United Nations mission:
    5. New Zealand civilians working on a permanent or temporary basis under the direction or supervision of the New Zealand Defence Force:
    6. members of New Zealand philanthropic organisations sponsored or supported by, or working alongside, a New Zealand Government contribution to a United Nations mission or an international force:
    7. such other persons whom the Governor-General of New Zealand, on the advice of the Prime Minister of New Zealand or a Minister of the Crown acting for the Prime Minister, may determine.
  6. Qualifying service: New Zealand Defence Force
    Members of the New Zealand Defence Force qualify for the award of the Medal if they -
    1. have had service of a day or more on the posted strength of a unit or formation on land in the operational area; or
    2. have had service of 7 days or more, continuous or aggregated, in ships or craft in the operational area; or
    3. have had service of 7 days or more, continuous or aggregated, in the operational area as part of a support element of a New Zealand Government contribution to a United Nations mission or an international force; or
    4. have completed 7 sorties over the operational area as aircrew on the posted strength of a unit allocated for direct support of operations; or
    5. have had service of 30 days or more, continuous or aggregated, for official visits, inspections, or other occurrences of a temporary nature on duty in the operational area.
  7. Qualifying service: New Zealand Police and New Zealand civilians
    Members of the New Zealand Police and New Zealand civilians qualify for the award of the Medal if they -
    1. have had service of a day or more on land in the operational area working with or alongside the United Nations, a New Zealand Government contribution to a United Nations mission, or an international force; or
    2. have had service of 30 days or more, continuous or aggregated, for official visits, inspections, or other occurrences of a temporary nature in the operational area.
  8. Qualifying service: General
    1. Service in the operational area that is brought to an end by death or evacuation owing to wounds or other disability due to service shall qualify for the award of the Medal even though the service may not amount to that prescribed for the award of the Medal in clause 6 or clause 7.
    2. Service in the operational area that is less than that prescribed for the award of the Medal in clause 6 or clause 7, but has been recognised by a New Zealand Royal Honour for gallantry, bravery, or meritorious service, equivalent or senior to The Queen's Service Medal, qualifies for the award of the Medal.
  9. Clasp for additional service
    1. A silver clasp bearing the words "EAST TIMOR", to be attached to the ribbon of the Medal, shall be awarded to those persons who have qualified for the award of the Medal and have had service of 365 days or more, continuous or aggregated, in the operational area.
    2. To denote the award of the Clasp, a silver rosette shall be worn on the ribbon of the Medal when the ribbon alone is worn.
  10. Period of service
    The Medal and Clasp shall be awarded for service in the operational area between 19 June 1999 and a later date the Governor-General of New Zealand, on the advice of the Prime Minister of New Zealand or a Minister of the Crown acting for the Prime Minister, may determine.
  11. Register
    The names of all those persons who receive the Medal and Clasp shall be recorded in a register kept by the Chief of the Defence Force.
  12. Engraving of Medal
    The name of the recipient shall be engraved or stamped on the rim of the Medal.
  13. Order of wear
    In the official list showing the order in which Orders, Decorations, and Medals shall be worn in New Zealand, the East Timor Medal shall be worn, according to the date of award, as a war medal.
  14. Miniatures
    Reproductions of the Medal and Clasp, in miniature, which may be worn on certain occasions by those persons who have received the Medal and Clasp, shall not exceed one-half of the size of the full-size Medal and Clasp.
  15. Delegated powers
    Delegated powers to make awards of the Medal and Clasp under the terms of this Our Warrant are vested in the Chief of Defence Force or a Chief of Staff acting for the Chief of Defence Force.
  16. Forfeiture and restoration
    It shall be competent for the Minister of Defence or a Minister of the Crown acting for the Minister of Defence to -
    1. cancel and annul the conferment of the Medal or Clasp on a person; and
    2. if the conferment of the Medal or Clasp on a person has been cancelled or annulled, restore the Medal or Clasp to that person.
  17. Annulment
    We reserve to Ourself, Our Heirs and Successors, full power of annulling, altering, abrogating, augmenting, interpreting, or dispensing with this Our Royal Warrant, or any part of it, by a notification under Our Sign Manual.

Given at Our Court at Saint James's this 12th day of March in the 50th Year of Our Reign.

By Her Majesty's Command.

Helen Clark,
Prime Minister of New Zealand.

Issued under the authority of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989.
Date of notification in Gazette: 5 April 2001.
This warrant is administered in the New Zealand Defence Force.

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