New Zealand Gallantry Medal

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New Zealand Gallantry Medal
Gallantry Medal (NZ) ribbon.png
Obverse (top left) and reverse (top right) of the medal. Ribbon: 32mm, crimson with two central purple stripes and two outer white stripes.
Awarded by New Zealand
TypeMilitary decoration.
EligibilityNew Zealand and allied forces.
Awarded for"acts of gallantry" while involved in war and warlike operational service (including peacekeeping).
StatusCurrently awarded.
DescriptionBronze disk, 38mm diameter.
Established20 September 1999
Total awarded2
Next (higher)Order of Saint John[1]
Next (lower)New Zealand Bravery Medal[1]

The New Zealand Gallantry Medal (NZGM) is the fourth 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 gallantry' while involved in war and warlike operational service (including peacekeeping).

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

This medal replaced the award of the Mention in Despatches, the Queen's Commendation for Brave Conduct, and Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air.

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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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