The New Zealand Antarctic Medal (obverse and reverse)
The New Zealand Antarctic Medal (NZAM) was instituted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2006 to replace the British Polar Medal. The NZAM is awarded to recognise New Zealanders and other people that have made an outstanding contribution to exploration, scientific research, conservation, environmental protection, or knowledge of the Antarctic region. A full list of the recipients of the NZAM can be viewed here.
The New Zealand Antarctic Medal is struck in sterling silver and retains the famous octagonal shape and white ribbon of the Polar Medal.
The obverse (front) design bears the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley (of the United Kingdom), which is the same effigy used on the New Zealand Gallantry and Bravery Awards. The obverse also bears the inscription Elizabeth II Queen of New Zealand.
The reverse (back) design shows a group of four Emperor Penguins on an Antarctic landscape with Mt Erebus in the background.
The recipient’s full name, and the date of award (the date of announcement), are engraved on the rim of the medal.
The New Zealand Antarctic Medal was designed by the New Zealand Herald of Arms.