Medals

Medals are issued and administered by the New Zealand Defence Force's Personnel Archives and Medals.

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Apply for your own medals

If you're currently a member of the NZ Defence Force

You're not required to apply for medals you have recently become qualified to wear. Your Chain of Command will process your application on your behalf.

If you are an ex-member of the NZ Defence Force

If you met the qualifying criteria for a medal and it wasn't issued to you while you were a member of the NZ Defence Force you may apply for it.

You need to:

  1. complete the Application/Declaration form for Military Personnel Records and/or Medal Entitlements
  2. send it to New Zealand Defence Force Personnel Archives and Medals.

Military Personnel Records and Medal Entitlements application form(external link)

If your medals are lost or have been stolen

Lost or stolen medals can only be replaced during the lifetime of the person to whom they were originally issued. There will be a charge for replacement medals.

Contact NZ Defence Force’s Personnel Archives and Medals(external link)

You must also include a Statutory Declaration swearing that you have lost your medals or had your medals stolen.

Statutory declaration form(external link)

More information

Contact NZ Defence Force’s Personnel Archives and Medals(external link)

Apply for the medals of someone who’s deceased

Medals may be issued to the family of someone who's deceased. The deceased individual will need to have:

  • met the qualifying criteria for the medal, and
  • never been issued the medal.

The NZ Defence Force doesn't replace medals of someone who is deceased.

To apply for medals you need to:

  1. complete the Application/Declaration form for Military Personnel Records and/or Medal Entitlements
  2. send it to New Zealand Defence Force Personnel Archives and Medals.

Military Personnel Records and Medal Entitlements application form(external link)

More information

Contact NZ Defence Force’s Personnel Archives and Medals(external link)