The badge of the Order of New Zealand is worn suspended from a neck ribbon for men (as pictured) or attached to a ribbon tied in a bow and worn on the left shoulder, for women.
The badge is an oval medallion in gold and coloured enamels. In the centre is the design of the shield of the New Zealand Coat of Arms, within a kowhaiwhai rafter pattern. The ribbon is red ochre (kokowai) with a narrow white stripe towards either edge.
The badge must be returned to the Crown on the death of the holder or on the holder ceasing to be a member of the Order. The badge is then passed to another appointee to the Order. Often there is some sort of link between the former and current holders of the badge.
The badge of the Sovereign of the Order (The Queen of New Zealand) is surmounted by a Royal Crown, and the badge of the Secretary and Registrar of the Order (the Clerk of the Executive Council) is surmounted by crossed quills.
A lapel badge was instituted in 1990.
The insignia of the Order is currently made by Spink and Son Ltd, of London, United Kingdom.