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The New Zealand Suffrage Centennial Medal Royal Warrant

THE NEW ZEALAND SUFFRAGE CENTENNIAL MEDAL 1993

ELIZABETH R.

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 women's suffrage was achieved in New Zealand in 1893 with the passing on the 19th day of September 1893 of the Electoral Act 1893: And whereas We are desirous of commemorating the centennial of that achievement by granting a medal to those New Zealanders and other persons who have made a recognised contribution to the rights of women in Our Realm of New Zealand or to women's issues in Our Realm of New Zealand or to both:

WE do by these presents institute and create a new Medal.

  1. Style - The Medal shall be designated and styled "The New Zealand Suffrage Centennial Medal 1993".
  2. Description - The Medal shall be of bronze with an antique finish and circular in shape, bearing on the obverse the crowned Effigy of the Sovereign and on the reverse the inscription "1893 The New Zealand Suffrage Centennial 1993" between a fern frond and a sprig of camellia foliage with a single bloom, stems crossed in the base and tied with a bow.
  3. Ribbon - The Medal shall be worn on the left breast suspended by a ribbon, 32 millimetres in width, of purple with narrow central stripes of white, yellow, and white:

    Provided that, where the Medal is worn by a woman, it may be worn on the left shoulder suspended by the ribbon fashioned into a bow.

  4. Eligibility of Governor-General, Prime Minister, and Minister of Women's Affairs - The Medal shall be worn -
    1. By Our Governor-General and Commander-in-Chief in and over Our Realm of New Zealand; and
    2. By Our Prime Minister of New Zealand; and
    3. By Our Minister of Women's Affairs in New Zealand.
  5. General eligibility - The Medal shall be awarded to selected persons who are New Zealand citizens or citizens of Commonwealth Countries of which We are Queen and who have, by their virtues, talents, and loyalty, made a recognised contribution to the rights of women in New Zealand or to women's issues in New Zealand or to both.
  6. Honorary eligibility - The Medal shall be awarded to selected persons who are citizens of Commonwealth Countries of which We are not Queen or of Foreign Countries and who have, by their virtues and talents, made a recognised contribution to the rights of women in New Zealand or to women's issues in New Zealand or to both.
  7. Period of issue - The Medal shall be awarded only during the year 1993.
  8. Certificate - The award of the Medal shall be accompanied by a certificate signed by Us and countersigned by Our Governor-General and by Our Prime Minister of New Zealand.
  9. Awards -
    1. The Medal shall be awarded by Us or (except under the terms of clause 4 of this Our Royal Warrant) by Our Governor-General of New Zealand.
    2. Each award of the Medal under this clause shall be made on a recommendation by Our Prime Minister of New Zealand or a Minister of the Crown acting for or in the place of Our Prime Minister.
  10. Registration - The names of all those to whom the Medal is awarded shall be recorded in a register kept by the Clerk of Our Executive Council of New Zealand.
  11. Order of wear - In the official list showing the order in which Orders, Decorations, and Medals shall be worn, the New Zealand Suffrage Centennial Medal shall in Our Realm of New Zealand be placed immediately after coronation and jubilee medals and the New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal.
  12. Miniatures -
    1. Reproductions of the Medal in miniature, which may be worn on certain occasions by those to whom the Medal is awarded, shall be approximately half the size of the New Zealand Suffrage Centennial Medal 1993.
    2. A sealed pattern of the miniature Medal shall be deposited with and kept by the Clerk of Our Executive Council of New Zealand.
  13. Forfeiture and restoration -
    1. It shall be competent for Us or (except in the case of an award of the Medal under clause 4 of this Our Royal Warrant) Our Governor-General of New Zealand, -
      1. To cancel and annul the award of the Medal to any person; and
      2. Where the award of the Medal to any person has been cancelled or annulled, to restore the Medal to that person.
    2. Where the Medal has been awarded under clause 9 of this Our Royal Warrant, any cancellation, annulment, or restoration of the award of the Medal shall be made on a recommendation by Our Prime Minister of New Zealand or a Minister of the Crown acting for or in the place of Our Prime Minister.
  14. 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 thereof, by a notification under Our Sign Manual.

GIVEN at Our Court at Saint James's this first day of July 1993, in the 42nd year of Our Reign.

By Her Majesty's Command,

J. B. BOLGER,
Prime Minister of New Zealand.

Issued under the authority of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989.
Date of notification in Gazette: 8 July 1993.

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