New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal

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New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal
New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal ribbon.png
Ribbon of the medal
Awarded by Queen of New Zealand
Country  New Zealand
Type Commemorative medal
Eligibility New Zealand and Commonwealth citizens
Awarded for Making a recognized contribution to New Zealand
Status Only awarded in 1990
Established 9 February 1990
Total awarded 3,632
Next (higher) Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal
Next (lower) New Zealand Suffrage Centennial Medal 1993

The New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal was instituted by Royal Warrant of Queen Elizabeth II on 9 February 1990. It was to be awarded only during 1990 to about 3,000 people selected in recognition of the contribution they have made to some aspect of New Zealand life, especially the various 1990 celebrations. Subsequently 3,632 medals were awarded.[1]

The medal is known as the Sesquicentennial Medal, because it was issued on the 150th anniversary of signing of the Treaty of Waitangi by representatives of the British Crown and various Māori chiefs from the North Island of New Zealand on 6 February 1840.

The New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal is an official medal to be worn on all occasions on which decorations and medals are worn. It is worn after Coronation and Jubilee medals, but before decorations and medals for long service.[2] It is accompanied by a certificate bearing the signatures of the Queen, the Governor-General and the Prime Minister.

Notable recipients

The following list includes notable people who received the New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal, and is not an exhaustive list of recipients.


  1. ^ "Other Distinctive NZ Honours". DPMC. Retrieved 5 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Order of Wear: Orders, Decorations and Medals in New Zealand". DPMC. Retrieved 5 December 2012. 


External links

  • The New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal royal warrant (SR 1990/24) -
  • Obverse of the medal
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