New Zealand Order of Merit, Companion
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The New Zealand Order of Merit was established by Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of New Zealand by Royal Warrant on May 30, 1996. The Order was created to recognize outstanding and meritorious civil and military service to the Crown and nation and is awarded in the name of the Queen of New Zealand.
The Order is composed of Ordinary Members, Additional Members, and Honorary Members. Ordinary membership is conferred upon New Zealand or Commonwealth citizens, while Honorary membership is conferred upon foreigners. Additional members may be appointed to the Order on special occasions.
There is an annual contingent of 40 Companions. Companions are entitled to use the post-nominal letters CNZM.
The Companion features an obverse inscription in both English and Maori. It is worn by men on a neck ribbon and by women on a bow. The Companion is identical to the Knight/Dame Companion, however, only the Knight/Dame Companion is worn with a Breast Star.
Obv: FOR MERIT TOHU HIRANGA
Thomas Fattorini Ltd., Birmingham
The Companion (for Women) image is attributed to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet of New Zealand and is used Creative Com...
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