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New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal

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Country  New Zealand
Status  Only awarded in 1990
Type  Commemorative medal
Established  9 February 1990
Eligibility  New Zealand and Commonwealth citizens
Awarded for  Making a recognized contribution to New Zealand

The New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal was instituted by the Queen by Royal Warrant 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.

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. 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.


New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal Wikipedia

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