Birkenhead RSA

The New Zealand Order of Wear Table below attempts to include past and present Military awards arranged in the correct order of precedence. Its purpose is to assist medal recipients to determine the correct order in which their medals should be mounted and worn.

Important Information about the Order of Wear Table

While every effort has been made to ensure that the Order of Precedence below is correct, there are some times when the order or wear may differ. For example, normally all foreign medals are worn after medals awarded by the Sovereign. However, when foreign awards are worn on occasions connected with the country that awarded them (for example, national day celebrations) the foreign awards should be worn in a position senior to the equivalent Sovereign's award. Foreign awards can only be worn when the Sovereign's permission has been given.

Campaign, War and United Nations medals are worn in order of the date of qualifying for the award. Medals such as the General Service Medals 1915, 1918, 1962 and 2002 are worn in date order of the campaign for which they were awarded. Because medals are awarded at different times and for different campaigns, the order of wear table needs to be interpreted for each individual medal holder.

While the medal display on this site includes only military medals and does not include honours awarded (such as the Knighthoods and other such civil awards), or other miscellaneous medals such as Coronation or Jubilee medals, Polar medals, etc. they are included in the Order of Wear shown below.

The letters shown after the name of the award are the post-nominal letters that those who hold the award may use after their name.

The Victoria Cross for New Zealand (VC)
The Victoria Cross (VC)
The New Zealand Cross (NZC)
The New Zealand Cross (1869)
The George Cross (GC)
Knight or Lady of the Most Noble Order of the Garter (KG/LG)
Knight or Lady of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle (KT/LT)
Knight or Dame Grand Cross of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (GCB)
Member of the Order of Merit (OM)
Member of the Order of New Zealand (ONZ)
The Baronet's Badge (Bart or Bt)
Principal Companion and Knight or Dame Grand Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (PCNZM and GNZM)
Knight or Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George (GCMG)
Knight or Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO)
Knight or Dame Grand Cross of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (GBE)
Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour (CH)
Distinguished Companion and Knight or Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (DCNZM, KNZM/DNZM)
Knight or Dame Commander of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (KCB/DCB)
Knight or Dame Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG/DCMG)
Knight or Dame Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO/DCVO)
Knight or Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE/DBE)
Knight Bachelor's Badge
Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM)
Companion of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (CB)
Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)
Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO)
Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE)
The New Zealand Gallantry Star (NZGS)
The New Zealand Bravery Star (NZBS)
Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO)
Companion of the Queen's Service Order (QSO)
Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM)
Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Companion of the Imperial Service Order (ISO)
Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO)
Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM)
Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE)
The New Zealand Gallantry Decoration (NZGD)
The New Zealand Bravery Decoration (NZBD)
The Royal Red Cross (1st Class or Member) (RRC)
The Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
The Military Cross
The Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
The Air Force Cross (AFC)
The Royal Red Cross (2nd Class or Associate) (ARRC)
Bailiff or Dame Grand Cross of the Order of St John (GCStJ)
Knight or Dame of Justice or of Grace of the Order of St John (KStJ)
Chaplain or Commander of the Order of St John (ChStJ/CStJ)
Officer of the Order of St John (OStJ)
Serving Brother or Serving Sister of the Order of St John (SBStJ/SSStJ)
Esquire of the Order of St John (EsqStJ)
The Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
The Conspicuous Gallantry Medal (CGM)
The George Medal (GM)
The Queen's Police Medal for Gallantry (QPM)
The Queen's Fire Service Medal for Gallantry (QFSM)
The Distinguished Service Medal (DSM)
The Military Medal (MM)
The Distinguished Flying Medal (DFM)
The Air Force Medal (AFM)
The Queen's Gallantry Medal (QGM)
The New Zealand Gallantry Medal (NZGM)
The New Zealand Bravery Medal (NZBM)
The Royal Victorian Medal (RVM)
The Queen's Service Medal (QSM)
The New Zealand Antarctic Medal (NZAM)
The New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration (DSD)
The British Empire Medal (BEM)
The Queen's Police Medal for Distinguished Service (QPM)
The Queen's Fire Service Medal for Distinguished Service (QFSM)
The New Zealand Medal
The Queen's South Africa Medal
The King's South Africa Medal
The 1914 Star(also known as the Mons Star)
The 1914 - 1915 Star
The British War Medal (1914 - 1920)
The Mercantile Marine War Medal
The Victory Medal (1914 - 1918)
The 1939 - 1945 Star
The Atlantic Star
The Arctic Star
The Air Crew Europe Star
The Africa Star
The Pacific Star
The Burma Star
The Italy Star
The France and Germany Star
The Defence Medal
The War Medal 1939 - 1945
The New Zealand War Service Medal
The New Zealand Operational Service Medal
The New Zealand Service Medal 1946-49
The Korea Medal
The United Nations Medal for Korea
The United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation Medal
The United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan Medal
The United Nations Special Service Medal
The Naval General Service Medal 1915 - 1962
The General Service Medal 1918 - 1962
The New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 - Non-Warlike (Korea 1954-57)
The New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 - Non-Warlike (Korea 1958-2000)
The New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 - Warlike (Near East)
The United Nations Medal (UNEF)
The United Nations Medal (UNOGIL)
The United Nations Medal (ONUC)
The New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 - Warlike (Malaya 1960-64)
The General Service Medal 1962
The New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 - Non-Warlike (Thailand)
The Vietnam Medal
The New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 - Warlike (Vietnam)
The United Nations Medal (UNYOM)
The United Nations Medal (UNFICYP)
The United Nations Medal (UNIPOM)
The United Nations Medal (UNEFII)
The United Nations Medal (UNDOF)
The United Nations Medal (UNIFIL)
The New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 - Non-Warlike (Sinai)
The New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 - Non-Warlike (Indian Ocean)
The United Nations Medal (UNIMOG)
The United Nations Medal (UNAVEM)
The New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 - Non-Warlike (Peshawar)
The United Nations Medal (UNTAG)
The New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 - Warlike (Kuwait)
The New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 - Non-Warlike (Iraq)
The United Nations Medal (UNAMIC)
The United Nations Medal (UNTAC)
The United Nations Medal (UNPROFOR)
The United Nations Medal (UNOSOM)
The United Nations Medal (UNOMOZ)
The New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 - Non-Warlike (Somalia)
The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Medal for the Former Yugoslavia<
The New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 - Non-Warlike (Mozambique)
The New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 - Non-Warlike (Cambodia)
The New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 - Non-Warlike (Rwanda)
The United Nations Medal (UNMIH)
The New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 - Non-Warlike (Bougainville)
The United Nations Medal (UNPREDEP)
The United Nations Medal (UNTAES)
The United Nations Medal (UNMOP)
The New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 - Non-Warlike (Arabian Gulf)
The United Nations Medal (UNOMSIL) (UNAMSIL)
The East Timor Medal
The United Nations Medal (UNAMET) (UNTAET) (UNMISET)
The New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Korea)
The New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Solomon Islands)
The Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Afghanistan)
The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Medal for Kosovo
The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Medal for Non-Article 5 Operations in the Balkans
The European Security and Defence Policy Service Medal
The New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Iraq 2003)
The United Nations Medal (UNMIS)
The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Medal for the Non-Article 5 ISAF Operation in Afghanistan
The New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Timor-Leste)
The New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Counter-piracy)
The New Zealand General Service Medal (Greater Middle East)
The New Zealand General Service Medal (Iraq 2015)
The New Zealand Special Service Medal (Nuclear Testing)
The New Zealand Special Service Medal (Erebus)
The New Zealand Special Service Medal (Asian Tsunami)
The Polar Medal
The Imperial Service Medal
King George V's Silver Jubilee Medal 1935
King George VI's Coronation Medal 1937
Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation Medal 1953
Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee Medal 1977
Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee Medal 2003
The New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal
The New Zealand Suffrage Centennial Medal 1993
The New Zealand Meritorious Service Medal
The New Zealand Defence Meritorious Service Medal
The New Zealand Armed Forces Award
The New Zealand Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal
The Royal New Zealand Navy Long Service and Good Conduct Medal
The Royal New Zealand Air Force Long Service and Good Conduct Medal
The New Zealand Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal
The New Zealand Fire Brigades Long Service and Good Conduct Medal
The New Zealand Traffic Service Medal
The New Zealand Prison Service Medal
The Colonial Auxiliary Forces Officer's Decoration
The Efficiency Decoration (ED)
The New Zealand Long And Efficient Service Medal
The Volunteer Long Service Medal
The Colonial Auxiliary Forces Long Service Medal
The New Zealand Volunteer Service Medal
The New Zealand Territorial Service Medal
The Efficiency Medal
The Royal New Zealand Naval Reserve Decoration (RD)
The Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve Decoration (VRD)
The Royal Fleet Reserve Long Service And Good Conduct Medal
The Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal
The Air Efficiency Award (AE)
The Queen's Medal for Champion Shots of the New Zealand Naval Forces
The Queen's Medal for Champion Shots of the New Zealand Military Forces
The Queen's Medal for Champion Shots of the New Zealand Air Forces
The Cadet Forces Medal
The New Zealand Defence Service Medal
The Rhodesia Medal
The Korean War Service Medal
The Pingat Jasa Malaysia (PJM) Medal
The International Force East Timor (INTERFET) Medal
The South Vietnamese Campaign Medal
The Multinational Force and Observers Medal
The Zimbabwe Independence Medal
The Kuwait Liberation Medal