Category: New Zealand, Orders, Decorations, and Medals

Categories: Awards and Honors | New Zealand

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The New Zealand Royal Honours system, is a system of orders, decorations and medals, which recognizes achievements of, or service by, New Zealanders or others in connection with New Zealand. Until 1975 New Zealand used the British honours system. Since then the country has introduced a number of uniquely New Zealand honours, and as of 2015 only the dynastic British honours continue in active use in New Zealand.

The Queen of New Zealand awards honours on ministerial advice. However, certain awards remain in the exclusive gift of the Queen.

The Honours Unit of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet administers the New Zealand honours system.

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