- New Zealand Bravery Star
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Obverse (top left) and reverse (top right) of the medal. Ribbon: 32mm, bright blue with two crimson stripes.
Awarded by New Zealand Type Civil decoration. Eligibility Those performing acts of bravery in, or meriting recognition by, New Zealand. Awarded for "acts of outstanding bravery in situations of danger". Status Currently awarded. Description 45mm, (Obverse) faceted silver eight-pointed star with four long and four short points surmounted by the Royal Crown and fern frond wreath emblem; (reverse) inscribed "FOR BRAVERY - MO TE MAIA". With ring suspension. Statistics Established 20 September 1999 Total awarded 8 Precedence Next (higher) New Zealand Cross (1999) Next (lower) New Zealand Bravery Decoration
It was instituted by Royal Warrant on 20 September 1999 as part of the move to replace British bravery awards with an indigenous New Zealand Bravery system. The medal, which may be awarded posthumously, is granted in recognition of "acts of outstanding bravery in situations of danger". The medal is primarily a civilian award, but it is also awarded to members of the armed forces who perform acts of bravery in non-operational circumstances (given that the New Zealand gallantry awards may only be awarded "while involved in war and warlike operational service (including peacekeeping)".
Bars are awarded to the NZBS in recognition of the performance of further acts of bravery meriting the award. Recipients are entitled to the postnominal letters NZBS.
This medal replaced the award of the George Medal in respect of acts of bravery in, or meriting recognition by, New Zealand.
- Orders, decorations, and medals of New Zealand
- New Zealand gallantry awards
- New Zealand bravery awards
- New Zealand campaign medals
- ^ Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Honours Secretariat - Medal information page
- ^ New Zealand Defence Force - Text of the Royal warrant for the New Zealand Gallantry awards system - s.5
- Mackay, J and Mussel, J (eds) - Medals Yearbook - 2005, (2004), Token Publishing.
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