New Zealand: New Zealand Order of Merit

Ribbon: Ochre red.

Instituted: 30 May 1996 by Queen Elizabeth II.

Awarded: For meritorious service to the Crown or nation, and for those who have achieved eminence in their chosen field.

Grades: 5 (Knight/Dame Grand Companion, Knight/Dame Companion, Companion, Officer and Member).
On 10 April 2000, the use of the titles 'Knight' and 'Dame' were discontinued, the first two grades of the Order being renamed as Principal Companions and Distinguished Companions. Existing Knights and Dames retain the title as awarded. There was no change to the insignia.
In 2009, the award of the title of Knight and Dame was resumed, again with no change in insignia, nor to awards 2000-2009.

Post-nominal letters: -

  • Knight or Dame Grand Companion - GNZM or Principal Companion - PCNZM (2000-2009)
  • Knight or Dame Companion - KNZM or DNZM or Distinguished Companion - DCNZM (2000-2009)
  • Companion - CNZM
  • Officer - ONZM
  • Member - MNZM
Collar of the Order (worn by the Sovereign and the Governor General only) Collar Sorry - no picture of reverse
Knight or Dame Grand Companion/Principal Companion: Badge Sorry - no picture of obverse Sorry - no picture of reverse
Knight or Dame Grand Companion/Principal Companion: Star Knight or Dame Grand Companion/Principal Companion: Star Sorry - no picture of reverse
Knight Companion/Distinguished Companion (Male): Badge Sorry - no picture of obverse Sorry - no picture of reverse
Dame Companion/Distinguished Companion (Female): Badge Sorry - no picture of obverse Sorry - no picture of reverse
Knight or Dame Companion/Distinguished Companion: Star Sorry - no picture of obverse Sorry - no picture of reverse
Companion (Male) Companion (Male) Sorry - no picture of reverse
Companion (Female) Companion (Female) Sorry - no picture of reverse
Officer (Male) Officer (Male) Sorry - no picture of reverse
Officer (Female) Sorry - no picture of obverse Sorry - no picture of reverse
Member (Male) Member (Male) Sorry - no picture of reverse
Member (Female) Sorry - no picture of obverse Sorry - no picture of reverse
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