Obverse: In the centre, a Royal Crown.
Reverse: The inscriptions "FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE".
Size: 36mm in diameter and in silver.
Ribbon: 32 mm in width, it is of five stripes of dark blue, yellow, red, yellow and dark blue.
Suspension: The ribbon passes through a ring, which in turn passes through a loop fixed to the top of the piece.
The Decoration is a silver representation of eight blades of a Kotiate (lobed club) in a circle.
Instituted on 14 May 2007, this medal may be awarded to those members of the New Zealand Armed Forces who render distinguished or meritorious service. The medal may be conferred posthumously. Any subsequent meritorious service is recognised by bars to the medal.
Awards are announced with the New Year Honours and with the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Royal Warrant For This Award: View Warrant (PDF document)
Regulations For This Award: View Regulations (PDF document)
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