The Queen's Service Order, established by royal warrant of Queen Elizabeth II on 13 March 1975, is used to recognise "valuable voluntary service to the community or meritorious and faithful services to the Crown or similar services within the public sector, whether in elected or appointed office". This order was created after a review of New Zealand's honours system in 1974. The Queen's Service Order replaced the Imperial Service Order in New Zealand.
|Queen's Service Order|
Male Companion's Badge of the Queen's Service Order for Community Service
|Established||13 March 1975|
|Last induction||2018 New Year Honours|
|Next (higher)||New Zealand Bravery Star|
|Next (lower)||Officer of The New Zealand Order of Merit|
|Related||Queen's Service Medal|
Ribbon of the Queen's Service Order
The monarch of New Zealand is the Sovereign of the order and those who are appointed as members are "Companions". Companions are classified into Ordinary, Extra, Additional, and Honorary members. Ordinary Companions are those being New Zealand citizens or citizens of Commonwealth realms. Ordinary membership is limited to 50 appointments per annum. Members of the Royal Family can be named "Extra Companions". Those citizens of countries not sharing the monarch of New Zealand as their head of state may be appointed as "Honorary Companions". "Additional Companions" may be appointed in honour of important royal, state or national occasions.
The Governor-General of New Zealand is an additional companion of the order in her own right and is also the order's "Principal Companion". Former Governors-General or their spouses, may also be appointed as an "Additional Companion". The clerk of New Zealand's Executive Council, or another person appointed by the Sovereign, is the “Secretary and Registrar” of the Order.
Companions are entitled to use the post-nominal letters "QSO". Before 2007, awards were distinguished between those made for "public" and "community service". Appointments to the order are made by royal warrant under the monarch's royal sign-manual and countersigned by the Principal Companion or the Secretary and Register in his or her place. Appointments are announced in the New Zealand Gazette.
The insignia of the order is a stylised manuka flower with five petals, which contains the effigy of the reigning monarch surrounded by a red circle inscribed FOR SERVICE — MŌ NGA MAHI NUI, crowned at the top. The ribbon has a traditional Māori Poutama motif of black, white and red diagonal 'steps' (signifying the growth of man, striving ever upwards) in the centre with red stripes along each edge of the ribbon. The insignia is worn on the left lapel of the coat for men or from a ribbon tied in a bow at the left shoulder for women. The Governor-General of New Zealand additionally wears the badge on a thin gold chain.
There is also a related Queen's Service Medal, which is a silver circular medal bearing the effigy of the reigning monarch on the obverse, and the Coat of Arms of New Zealand on the reverse. The ribbon or bow pattern is the same as the Queen's Service Order. The medal, before 2005, was also awarded for "public" and "community service".
The 1977 Special Honours in New Zealand was a Special Honours List, published on 1 November 1977, that recognised the service of the outgoing vice-regal couple, Sir Denis and Lady Blundell.1996 Special Honours (New Zealand)
The 1996 Special Honours in New Zealand were two Special Honours Lists, published on 29 February and 23 September 1996, recognising the outgoing governor-general, and appointing officials within the New Zealand Order of Merit.2001 Special Honours (New Zealand)
The 2001 Special Honours in New Zealand were two Special Honours Lists, published in New Zealand on 20 and 21 March 2001. Appointments were made to the New Zealand Order of Merit and the Queen's Service Order to recognise the incoming governor-general, Dame Silvia Cartwright, and the outgoing governor general and viceregal consort, Sir Michael and Lady Hardie Boys.2006 Special Honours (New Zealand)
The 2006 Special Honours in New Zealand was a Special Honours List, published in New Zealand on 3 August 2006. Appointments were made to the Queen's Service Order to recognise the outgoing governor-general, Dame Silvia Cartwright, and vice-regal consort, Peter Cartwright.2011 Special Honours (New Zealand)
The 2011 Special Honours in New Zealand were two Special Honours Lists, published in New Zealand on 20 May and 17 August 2011. Appointments were made to the New Zealand Order of Merit and the Queen's Service Order to recognise the incoming governor-general, Jerry Mateparae, and the outgoing vice-regal consort, Susan, Lady Satyanand.
In addition, two other Special Honours Lists, published on 2 April and 1 October, promulgated the 2011 New Zealand bravery awards and the 2011 New Zealand gallantry awards.2016 Special Honours (New Zealand)
The 2016 Special Honours in New Zealand were two Special Honours Lists, published in New Zealand on 27 June and 24 August 2016. Appointments were made to the New Zealand Order of Merit and the Queen's Service Order to recognise the incoming governor-general, Dame Patsy Reddy, and the outgoing vice-regal consort, Janine, Lady Mateparae.
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