::New Zealand Order of Merit

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New Zealand Order of Merit
Type

National Order -


Motto

For Merit - Tohu Hiranga -

Eligibility

All living New Zealand citizens -

Awarded for

Meritorious service to the Crown and the nation or who have become distinguished by their eminence, talents, contributions, or other merits -

Status

Currently constituted -

Sovereign

Queen Elizabeth II -

Chancellor

Sir Jerry Mateparae -

Grades (w/ post-nominals)


Knight/Dame Grand Companion (GNZM)
Knight/Dame Companion (KNZM/DNZM)
Companion (CNZM)
Officer (ONZM)
Member (MNZM) -


Established

30 May 1996 -


Last induction

2015 New Year Honours -




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The New Zealand Order of Merit is an order of chivalry in New Zealand's honours system. It was established on 30 May 1996 by Elizabeth II, Queen of New Zealand, "for those persons who in any field of endeavour, have rendered meritorious service to the Crown and nation or who have become distinguished by their eminence, talents, contributions or other merits",<ref name="dpmconzm">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> to recognise outstanding service to the Crown and people of New Zealand in a civil or military capacity.

The order is currently awarded in five grades:

  • Knight or Dame Grand Companion (GNZM)
  • Knight or Dame Companion (KNZM or DNZM)
  • Companion (CNZM)
  • Officer (ONZM)
  • Member (MNZM)

In the order of precedence, the New Zealand Order of Merit ranks immediately after the Order of New Zealand. Prior to 1996 New Zealanders received appointments to various British orders, such as the Order of the Bath, the Order of St Michael and St George, the Order of the British Empire, and the Order of the Companions of Honour, as well as the distinction of Knight Bachelor.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> The change came about after the Prime Minister's Honours Advisory Committee (1995) was created "to consider and present options and suggestions on the structure of a New Zealand Royal Honours System in New Zealand, which is designed to recognise meritorious service, gallantry and bravery and long service".<ref name=review/>


New Zealand Order of Merit sections
Intro  Award quotas  Insignia and other distinctions  Grand Companions and office holders  Principal and Distinguished Companions  Controversy  See also  References  External links  

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