New Zealand Antarctic Medal

The New Zealand Antarctic Medal was created 1 September 2006, as a New Zealand Royal Honour to replace the British Polar Medal.

New Zealand Antarctic Medal
Awarded by New Zealand
TypeMedal
Eligibilityfor outstanding contribution to exploration, scientific research, conservation, environmental protection, or knowledge of the Antarctic region; or in support of New Zealand’s objectives or operations, or both, in the Antarctic region.
StatusCurrently awarded
Post-nominalsNZAM
Statistics
Established1 September 2006
First awarded30 December 2006
Last awarded2013 Birthday Honours
Total awarded14 as of 5 May 2019
Precedence
Next (higher)Queen's Service Medal (QSM)
Next (lower)New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration (DSD)
RelatedPolar Medal

Ribbon bar of the medal

History

The Polar Medal was instituted in 1904 and awarded to those who had made notable contributions to the exploration and knowledge of Polar Regions and who, in doing so, had undergone the hazards and rigors imposed by the Polar environment to life and movement, whether by land, sea or air.

In 1995, the Prime Minister’s Honours Advisory Committee recommended that the Polar Medal should be created under a New Zealand Royal Warrant. It also recommended that it should be renamed as “The Antarctic Medal” to reflect the fact that it is in relation to Antarctica that New Zealand’s endeavors and achievements have been made. The New Zealand Antarctic Medal was formally instituted by The Queen on 1 September 2006.

Eligibility

The New Zealand Antarctic Medal may be awarded to those New Zealanders and other persons who either individually or as members of a New Zealand mission in the Antarctic region have made an outstanding contribution to exploration, scientific research, conservation, environmental protection, or knowledge of the Antarctic region; or in support of New Zealand’s objectives or operations, or both, in the Antarctic region. The Medal will not be awarded for acts of bravery, for short-term acts of extreme endurance, for long service or for service in Antarctica generally.[1]

Recipients

As of 5 May 2019, 14 awards and one honorary award have been issued.[2] All honorees are entitled to the Postnominal Letters NZAM.

Name Date awarded
John Dudley Bradshaw, NZAM 30 December 2006
Dr Clive Howard-Williams, NZAM 30 December 2006
Dr Karl Erb, NZAM (honorary) 30 December 2006
Frederick John Davey, NZAM 4 June 2007
Dr Timothy George Haskell, NZAM 31 December 2007
Peter John Barrett, NZAM 31 December 2009
Dr David Lawrence Harrowfield, NZAM 31 December 2009
Timothy Raymond Naish, NZAM 31 December 2009
Alexander Richard Pyne, NZAM 31 December 2009
Thomas George Alan Green, NZAM 3 June 2013
Baden Nolan Norris, QSO, NZAM 3 June 2013
Lewis Vernon Sanson, NZAM 31 December 2014
Randal Murray Heke, NZAM 5 June 2017
Patricia Jean Langhorne, NZAM 31 December 2018
Andrew Leachman, NZAM (posthumous, d. 16 September 2017) 31 December 2018

See also

Notes

  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-07-07. Retrieved 2007-08-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. "The New Zealand Antarctic Medal". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, New Zealand. 2017-06-23. Retrieved 2019-04-29.

References

  1. Beehive New Zealand Antarctic Medal
  2. New Zealand Defence Force Archived Medal News 2006
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