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The Order of New Zealand is New Zealand’s most senior honour. The Order was instituted by Royal Warrant - dated 6 February (Waitangi Day) 1987 - "to recognise outstanding service to the Crown and people of New Zealand in a civil or military capacity.”
The Order is awarded to those “who in any field of endeavour, have rendered meritorious service to the Crown and the nation or who have become distinguished by their eminence, talents, contributions, or other merits”.
Awards given for Community and Public services.
The New Zealand Gallantry and Bravery Awards recognise the persons who perform acts of gallantry or bravery in the attempt to save the lives of others.
The New Zealand Antarctic Medal is awarded to those who had made notable contributions to the exploration and knowledge of Polar Regions.
The New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration has been instituted as a New Zealand Royal Honour to recognise distinguished military service, by regular, territorial and reserve members of the New Zealand Defence Force.
Other awards instituted under New Zealand Royal Warrants.
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