New Zealand Antarctic Medal

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New Zealand Antarctic Medal
New Zealand Antarctic Medal.png
Awarded by New Zealand
TypeMedal
Eligibilityfor outstanding contribution to exploration, scientific research, conservation, environmental protection, or knowledge of the Antarctic region; or in support of New Zealand’s objectives or operations, or both, in the Antarctic region.
StatusCurrently awarded
Post-nominalsNZAM
Statistics
Established1 September 2006
First awarded30 December 2006
Last awarded2013 Birthday Honours
Total awarded9 as of 31 December 2009
Precedence
Next (higher)Queen's Service Medal (QSM)
Next (lower)New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration (DSD)
RelatedPolar Medal
Polar Medal (UK) ribbon.png
Ribbon bar of the medal

The New Zealand Antarctic Medal was created 1 September 2006, as a New Zealand Royal Honour to replace the British Polar Medal.

History[edit]

The Polar Medal was instituted in 1904 and awarded to those who had made notable contributions to the exploration and knowledge of Polar Regions and who, in doing so, had undergone the hazards and rigors imposed by the Polar environment to life and movement, whether by land, sea or air.

In 1995, the Prime Minister’s Honours Advisory Committee recommended that the Polar Medal should be created under a New Zealand Royal Warrant. It also recommended that it should be renamed as “The Antarctic Medal” to reflect the fact that it is in relation to Antarctica that New Zealand’s endeavors and achievements have been made. The New Zealand Antarctic Medal was formally instituted by The Queen on 1 September 2006.

Eligibility[edit]

The New Zealand Antarctic Medal may be awarded to those New Zealanders and other persons who either individually or as members of a New Zealand mission in the Antarctic region have made an outstanding contribution to exploration, scientific research, conservation, environmental protection, or knowledge of the Antarctic region; or in support of New Zealand’s objectives or operations, or both, in the Antarctic region. The Medal will not be awarded for acts of bravery, for short-term acts of extreme endurance, for long service or for service in Antarctica generally.[1]

Recipients[edit]

As of 2 February 2015, 11 Commonwealth individuals and 1 Honorary awards have been issued.[2] All honorees are entitled to the Postnominal Letters NZAM.

  • Professor John D. Bradshaw NZAM
  • Dr. Karl Erb NZAM (hon.)
  • Dr. Clive Howard-Williams NZAM
  • Dr. Frederick J. Davey NZAM
  • Dr. Timothy G. Haskell NZAM
  • Professor Peter J. Barrett NZAM
  • Dr. David L. Harrowfield NZAM
  • Professor Timothy R. Naish NZAM
  • Mr Alexander R. Pyne NZAM
  • Mr Lewis Vernon Sanson NZAM
  • Mr Baden Nolan QSO NZAM
  • Professor Thomas George Alan Green NZAM

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-07-07. Retrieved 2007-08-10.
  2. ^ http://www.dpmc.govt.nz/honours/overview/antarctic-medal

References[edit]

  1. Beehive New Zealand Antarctic Medal
  2. New Zealand Defence Force Archived Medal News 2006