New Zealand Gallantry Star

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New Zealand Gallantry Star
Gallantry Star (NZ) ribbon.png
Obverse of the medal. Ribbon: 32mm, crimson with a purple central stripe flanked by narrower white stripes.
Awarded by New Zealand
Type Military decoration.
Eligibility New Zealand and allied forces.
Awarded for "acts of outstanding gallantry in situations of danger" while involved in war and warlike operational service (including peacekeeping).
Status Currently awarded.
Description 45mm, (Obverse) faceted silver eight-pointed star of equal points surmounted by the Royal Crown and fern frond wreath emblem; (reverse) inscribed "FOR GALLANTRY - MO TE TOANGA". With ring suspension.
Established 20 September 1999
Total awarded 2
Next (higher) Companion of The New Zealand Order of Merit[1]
Next (lower) New Zealand Bravery Star[1]

The New Zealand Gallantry Star (NZGS) is the second level military decoration of the New Zealand armed forces.

It was instituted by Royal Warrant on 20 September 1999[2] as part of the move to replace British gallantry awards with an indigenous New Zealand Gallantry system. The medal, which may be awarded posthumously, is granted in recognition of 'acts of outstanding gallantry in situations of danger' while involved in war or 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 NZGS.

This medal replaced the award of the Distinguished Service Order (when awarded for gallantry), the Distinguished Conduct Medal, and the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal.

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  1. ^ a b "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.  External link in |work= (help)
  2. ^ Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Honours Secretariat - Medal information page


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

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