The NZDF provided medallic policy experts and secretariat support to an independent Medallic Recognition Joint Working Group to undertake consultation and make recommendations for the criteria for such an award. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II approved the Government’s subsequent recommendations and issued a Royal Warrant for the new medal.
Together with Parliamentary Counsel Office and the Honours Unit in Cabinet Office, the NZDF medals policy team also drafted a set of Regulations which specified the exact eligibility criteria, covering service from 3 September 1945 until today.
people are eligible for the nz defence service medal
It is estimated that more than 170,000 people are eligible for the New Zealand Defence Service Medal. Of those people, a large number were not previously entitled to any medallic recognition. They served their country loyally and well in a wide range of roles and contexts, but not on operations, and they do not therefore qualify for campaign medals.