New Zealand Bravery Medal
|New Zealand Bravery Medal|
Obverse (top left) and reverse (top right) of the medal. Ribbon: 32mm, nine equal and alternating stripes of bright blue and crimson.
|Awarded by New Zealand|
|Eligibility||Those performing acts of bravery in, or meriting recognition by, New Zealand.|
|Awarded for||"acts of bravery".|
|Description||Bronze disk, 38mm diameter.|
|Established||20 September 1999|
|Next (higher)||New Zealand Gallantry Medal|
|Next (lower)||Royal Victorian Medal|
It was instituted by Royal Warrant on 20 September 1999 as part of the move to replace British bravery awards with an indigenous New Zealand Bravery system. The medal, which may be awarded posthumously, is granted in recognition of "acts of bravery". The medal is primarily a civilian award, but it is also awarded to members of the armed forces who perform acts of bravery in non-operational circumstances (given that the New Zealand gallantry awards may only be awarded "while involved in war and warlike operational service (including peacekeeping)".
Bars are awarded to the NZBM in recognition of the performance of further acts of bravery meriting the award. Recipients are entitled to the postnominal letters NZBM.
This medal replaced the award of the Queen's Commendation for Brave Conduct and the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air in respect of acts of bravery in, or meriting recognition by, New Zealand.
See also 
- Orders, decorations, and medals of New Zealand
- New Zealand gallantry awards
- New Zealand bravery awards
- New Zealand campaign medals
- "Order of Wear: Orders, Decorations and Medals in New Zealand". Cabinet Office » Honours Unit. Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
- Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Honours Secretariat - Medal information page
- New Zealand Defence Force - Text of the Royal warrant for the New Zealand Gallantry awards system - s.5
- Mackay, J and Mussel, J (eds) - Medals Yearbook - 2005, (2004), Token Publishing.