Order of Wear Table

The New Zealand Order of Wear Table below attempts to include past and present Military awards arranged in the correct order of precedence. Its purpose is to assist medal recipients to determine the correct order in which their medals should be mounted and worn.

Important Information about the Order of Wear Table

While every effort has been made to ensure that the Order of Precedence below is correct, there are some times when the order or wear may differ. For example, normally all foreign medals are worn after medals awarded by the Sovereign. However, when foreign awards are worn on occasions connected with the country that awarded them (for example, national day celebrations) the foreign awards should be worn in a position senior to the equivalent Sovereign’s award. Foreign awards can only be worn when the Sovereign’s permission has been given.

Campaign, War and United Nations medals are worn in order of the date of qualifying for the award. Medals such as the General Service Medals 1915, 1918, 1962 and 2002 are worn in date order of the campaign for which they were awarded. Because medals are awarded at different times and for different campaigns, the order of wear table needs to be interpreted for each individual medal holder.

While the medal display on this site includes only military medals and does not include honours awarded (such as the Knighthoods and other such civil awards), or other miscellaneous medals such as Coronation or Jubilee medals, Polar medals, etc. they are included in the Order of Wear shown below.

The letters shown after the name of the award are the post-nominal letters that those who hold the award may use after their name.

  1. The Victoria Cross and The Victoria Cross for New Zealand (VC)
  2. The New Zealand Cross (1869) and The New Zealand Cross (NZC)
  3. The George Cross (GC)
  4. Knight or Lady of the Most Noble Order of the Garter (KG/LG)
  5. Knight or Lady of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle (KT/LT)
  6. Knight or Dame Grand Cross of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (GCB)
  7. Member of the Order of Merit (OM)
  8. Member of the Order of New Zealand (ONZ)
  9. The Baronet’s Badge (Bart or Bt)
  10. Principal Companion and Knight or Dame Grand Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (PCNZM and GNZM)
  11. Knight or Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George (GCMG)
  12. Knight or Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO)
  13. Knight or Dame Grand Cross of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (GBE)
  14. Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour (CH)
  15. Distinguished Companion and Knight or Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (DCNZM, KNZM/DNZM)
  16. Knight or Dame Commander of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (KCB/DCB)
  17. Knight or Dame Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG/DCMG)
  18. Knight or Dame Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO/DCVO)
  19. Knight or Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE/DBE)
  20. Knight Bachelor’s Badge
  21. Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM)
  22. Companion of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (CB)
  23. Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)
  24. Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO)
  25. Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE)
  26. The New Zealand Gallantry Star (NZGS)
  27. The New Zealand Bravery Star (NZBS)
  28. Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
  29. Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO)
  30. Companion of the Queen’s Service Order (QSO)
  31. Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM)
  32. Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE)
  33. Companion of the Imperial Service Order (ISO)
  34. Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO)
  35. Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM)
  36. Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE)
  37. The New Zealand Gallantry Decoration (NZGD)
  38. The New Zealand Bravery Decoration (NZBD)
  39. The Royal Red Cross (1st Class or Member) (RRC)
  40. The Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
  41. The Military Cross
  42. The Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
  43. The Air Force Cross (AFC)
  44. The Royal Red Cross (2nd Class or Associate) (ARRC)
  45. Bailiff or Dame Grand Cross of the Order of St John (GCStJ)
  46. Knight or Dame of Justice or of Grace of the Order of St John (KStJ)
  47. Chaplain or Commander of the Order of St John (ChStJ/CStJ)
  48. Officer of the Order of St John (OStJ)
  49. Serving Brother or Serving Sister of the Order of St John (SBStJ/SSStJ)
  50. Esquire of the Order of St John (EsqStJ)
  51. The Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
  52. The Conspicuous Gallantry Medal (CGM)
  53. The George Medal (GM)
  54. The Queen’s Police Medal for Gallantry (QPM)
  55. The Queen’s Fire Service Medal for Gallantry (QFSM)
  56. The Distinguished Service Medal (DSM)
  57. The Military Medal (MM)
  58. The Distinguished Flying Medal (DFM)
  59. The Air Force Medal (AFM)
  60. The Queen’s Gallantry Medal (QGM)
  61. The New Zealand Gallantry Medal (NZGM)
  62. The New Zealand Bravery Medal (NZBM)
  63. The Royal Victorian Medal (RVM)
  64. The Queen’s Service Medal (QSM)
  65. The New Zealand Antarctic Medal (NZAM)
  66. The New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration (DSD)
  67. The British Empire Medal (BEM)
  68. The Queen’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service (QPM)
  69. The Queen’s Fire Service Medal for Distinguished Service (QFSM)
  70. The New Zealand Medal
  71. The Queen’s South Africa Medal
  72. The King’s South Africa Medal
  73. The 1914 Star (also known as the Mons Star)
  74. The 1914 – 1915 Star
  75. The British War Medal (1914 – 1920)
  76. The Mercantile Marine War Medal
  77. The Victory Medal (1914 – 1918)
  78. The 1939 – 1945 Star
  79. The Atlantic Star
  80. The Arctic Star
  81. The Air Crew Europe Star
  82. The Africa Star
  83. The Pacific Star
  84. The Burma Star
  85. The Italy Star
  86. The France and Germany Star
  87. The Defence Medal
  88. The War Medal 1939 – 1945
  89. The New Zealand War Service Medal
  90. The New Zealand Operational Service Medal
  91. The New Zealand Service Medal 1946-49
  92. The Korea Medal
  93. The United Nations Medal for Korea
  94. The United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation Medal
  95. The United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan Medal
  96. The United Nations Special Service Medal
  97. The Naval General Service Medal 1915 – 1962
  98. The General Service Medal 1918 – 1962
  99. The New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 – Non-Warlike (Korea 1954-57)
  100. The New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 – Non-Warlike (Korea 1958-2000)
  101. The New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 – Warlike (Near East)
  102. The United Nations Medal (UNEF)
  103. The United Nations Medal (UNOGIL)
  104. The United Nations Medal (ONUC)
  105. The New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 – Warlike (Malaya 1960-64)
  106. The General Service Medal 1962
  107. The New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 – Non-Warlike (Thailand)
  108. The Vietnam Medal
  109. The New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 – Warlike (Vietnam)
  110. The United Nations Medal (UNYOM)
  111. The United Nations Medal (UNFICYP)
  112. The United Nations Medal (UNIPOM)
  113. The United Nations Medal (UNEFII)
  114. The United Nations Medal (UNDOF)
  115. The United Nations Medal (UNIFIL)
  116. The New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 – Non-Warlike (Sinai)
  117. The New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 – Non-Warlike (Indian Ocean)
  118. The United Nations Medal (UNIMOG)
  119. The United Nations Medal (UNAVEM)
  120. The New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 – Non-Warlike (Peshawar)
  121. The United Nations Medal (UNTAG)
  122. The New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 – Warlike (Kuwait)
  123. The New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 – Non-Warlike (Iraq)
  124. The United Nations Medal (UNAMIC)
  125. The United Nations Medal (UNTAC)
  126. The United Nations Medal (UNPROFOR)
  127. The United Nations Medal (UNOSOM)
  128. The United Nations Medal (UNOMOZ)
  129. The New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 – Non-Warlike (Somalia)
  130. The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Medal for the Former Yugoslavia
  131. The New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 – Non-Warlike (Mozambique)
  132. The New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 – Non-Warlike (Cambodia)
  133. The New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 – Non-Warlike (Rwanda)
  134. The United Nations Medal (UNMIH)
  135. The New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 – Non-Warlike (Bougainville)
  136. The United Nations Medal (UNPREDEP)
  137. The United Nations Medal (UNTAES)
  138. The United Nations Medal (UNMOP)
  139. The New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 – Non-Warlike (Arabian Gulf)
  140. The United Nations Medal (UNOMSIL) (UNAMSIL)
  141. The East Timor Medal
  142. The United Nations Medal (UNAMET) (UNTAET) (UNMISET)
  143. The New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Korea)
  144. The New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Solomon Islands)
  145. The Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Afghanistan)
  146. The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Medal for Kosovo
  147. The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Medal for Non-Article 5 Operations in the Balkans
  148. The European Security and Defence Policy Service Medal
  149. The New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Iraq 2003)
  150. The United Nations Medal (UNMIS)
  151. The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Medal for the Non-Article 5 ISAF Operation in Afghanistan
  152. The New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Timor-Leste)
  153. The New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Counter-piracy)
  154. The New Zealand Special Service Medal (Nuclear Testing)
  155. The New Zealand Special Service Medal (Erebus)
  156. The New Zealand Special Service Medal (Asian Tsunami)
  157. The Polar Medal
  158. The Imperial Service Medal
  159. King George V’s Silver Jubilee Medal 1935
  160. King George VI’s Coronation Medal 1937
  161. Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation Medal 1953
  162. Queen Elizabeth II’s Silver Jubilee Medal 1977
  163. Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee Medal 2003
  164. The New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal
  165. The New Zealand Suffrage Centennial Medal 1993
  166. The New Zealand Meritorious Service Medal
  167. The New Zealand Defence Meritorious Service Medal
  168. The New Zealand Armed Forces Award
  169. The New Zealand Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal
  170. The Royal New Zealand Navy Long Service and Good Conduct Medal
  171. The Royal New Zealand Air Force Long Service and Good Conduct Medal
  172. The New Zealand Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal
  173. The New Zealand Fire Brigades Long Service and Good Conduct Medal
  174. The New Zealand Traffic Service Medal
  175. The New Zealand Prison Service Medal
  176. The Colonial Auxiliary Forces Officer’s Decoration
  177. The Efficiency Decoration (ED)
  178. The New Zealand Long And Efficient Service Medal
  179. The Volunteer Long Service Medal
  180. The Colonial Auxiliary Forces Long Service Medal
  181. The New Zealand Volunteer Service Medal
  182. The New Zealand Territorial Service Medal
  183. The Efficiency Medal
  184. The Royal New Zealand Naval Reserve Decoration (RD)
  185. The Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve Decoration (VRD)
  186. The Royal Fleet Reserve Long Service And Good Conduct Medal
  187. The Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal
  188. The Air Efficiency Award (AE)
  189. The Queen’s Medal for Champion Shots of the New Zealand Naval Forces
  190. The Queen’s Medal for Champion Shots of the New Zealand Military Forces
  191. The Queen’s Medal for Champion Shots of the New Zealand Air Forces
  192. The Cadet Forces Medal
  193. The New Zealand Defence Service Medal
  194. The Rhodesia Medal
  195. The Korean War Service Medal
  196. The Pingat Jasa Malaysia (PJM) Medal
  197. The International Force East Timor (INTERFET) Medal
  198. The South Vietnamese Campaign Medal
  199. The Multinational Force and Observers Medal
  200. The Zimbabwe Independence Medal
  201. The Kuwait Liberation Medal