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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 by a Warrant under Our Sign Manual dated the Twelfth day of March, Two Thousand and One (SR 2001/60), We were pleased to institute a medal, styled and designated “The East Timor Medal”, for award to members of Our New Zealand Defence Force and certain other persons, and reserved to Ourselves, Our Heirs and Successors, full power of annulling, altering, abrogating, augmenting, interpreting, or dispensing with Our Warrant or any part thereof by a notification under Our Sign Manual:

And Whereas We deem it expedient to make amendments to Our said Warrant relating to the operational area, eligibility, qualifying service, and the period of service required for the award of the Medal and Clasp:

Now therefore, We do by these Presents ordain that Our said Warrant shall be amended as follows:

  1. Operational area
    The operational area from 20 May 2002 shall also include the country of Timor-Leste (East Timor).
  2. Eligibility
    On and after 1 January 2003, only 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 directly involved in operational service, or supporting operational activities, with the East Timorese Defence Force (Force Defence Timor-Leste), the Timorese Office of Defence Force Development, or the United Nations:
    2. members of the New Zealand Police directly involved in operational service, or supporting operational activities, with the East Timorese Defence Force (Force Defence Timor-Leste), the Timorese Office of Defence Force Development, or the United Nations:
    3. New Zealand civilians directly involved in operational service, or supporting operational activities, with the East Timorese Defence Force (Force Defence Timor-Leste), the Timorese Office of Defence Force Development, or the United Nations.
  3. Qualifying service
    1. On and after 1 January 2003, only service of 30 days or more, continuous or aggregated, in the operational area shall qualify for the award of the Medal.
    2. For the purposes of subclause (1), -
      1. service during the period between 19 June 1999 and 31 December 2002 may be counted towards the qualifying period for the award of the Medal; and
      2. service that the mission directive stated was to be more than 30 days in the operational area and that has been terminated for official reasons (not personal or compassionate) at the direction of the New Zealand Government or the agency that made the deployment before the completion of qualifying service of 30 days qualifies for the award of the Medal.
  4. Period of service
    1. The Medal and Clasp shall be awarded for service in the operational area between 19 June 1999 and 31 December 2002.
    2. The Medal and Clasp shall be awarded for operational service, or supporting operational activities, in accordance with clause 2 in the operational area between 1 January 2003 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.
  5. Qualifying for award of Medal before 1 January 2003
    1. This clause applies to a person who, before 1 January 2003, had qualified for the award of the Medal.
    2. The person continues to be qualified for the award of the Medal despite the amendments that have been made in clauses 1 to 4.

And it is Our Will and Pleasure that these amendments shall be taken and received as part and parcel of the Warrant for the said Medal and shall henceforth be inviolably observed and kept.

Given at Our Court at Saint James's this 17th day of September 2003, in the 52nd 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: 25 September 2003.
This warrant is administered in the New Zealand Defence Force.

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