New Zealand Gallantry Decoration

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New Zealand Gallantry Decoration
Gallantry Decoration (NZ) ribbon.png
Obverse of the medal. Ribbon: 32mm, seven narrow vertical stripes of crimson, white, crimson, purple, crimson, white, and crimson..
Awarded by New Zealand
TypeMilitary decoration.
EligibilityNew Zealand and allied forces.
Awarded for"acts of exceptional gallantry in situations of danger" while involved in war and warlike operational service (including peacekeeping).
StatusCurrently awarded.
Description46mm, (Obverse) faceted silver cross surmounted by the Royal Crown and fern frond wreath emblem; (reverse) inscribed "FOR GALLANTRY - MO TE TOANGA". With ring suspension.
Established20 September 1999
Total awarded9
Next (higher)Member of The New Zealand Order of Merit[1]
Next (lower)New Zealand Bravery Decoration[1]

The New Zealand Gallantry Decoration (NZGD) is the third level military decoration of the New Zealand armed forces.

It was instituted by Royal Warrant on 20 September 1999[2] as part of the new indigenous New Zealand Gallantry system. The medal, which may be awarded posthumously, is granted in recognition of 'acts of exceptional gallantry in situations of danger' while involved in war and warlike operational service (including peacekeeping).

Bars are awarded to the NZGS in recognition of the performance of further acts of gallantry meriting the award. Recipients are entitled to the postnominal letters NZGD.

This medal replaced the award of the Distinguished Service Cross, Military Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Force Cross, Distinguished Service Medal, Military Medal, Distinguished Flying Medal, and Air Force Medal.

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  1. ^ a b "Order of Wear: Orders, Decorations and Medals in New Zealand". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-12-07. Retrieved 2007-01-30. Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet - Honours Secretariat information page


  • Mackay, J and Mussel, J (eds) - Medals Yearbook - 2005, (2004), Token Publishing.

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