The Public Service Day Awards are an opportunity to reflect on the ideal of public service.
Every day around the country, public servants are doing great work to make a difference for New Zealand and New Zealanders.
Te Tohu Ratonga Tūmatanui o Aotearoa |The New Zealand Public Service Medal
The New Zealand Public Service Medal is awarded to public servants who have given meritorious service.
Medal recipients are people who:
- demonstrate an outstanding commitment to New Zealand and New Zealanders
- are exemplary, or a model for other public service employees
- bring significant benefit to New Zealand or the public service
- are exceptional and otherwise worthy of recognition.
The New Zealand Public Service Medal was established by Royal Warrant in 2018 and is part of the New Zealand Royal Honours system.
Te Tohu Amorangi a Te Kawa Mataaho | Public Service Commissioner's Commendation for Frontline Excellence
The Public Service Commissioner's Commendation for Frontline Excellence is awarded for outstanding spirit of service shown by a public servant.
Commendation recipients are people who:
- demonstrate exceptional care and commitment to New Zealanders, and a ‘higher purpose' motivation
- demonstrate the highest standard of integrity, kaitiakitanga, and the right attitude
- generate pride in the public service.
Te hoahoa o ngā tohu | Award design
Both the Public Service Medal and the Commendation lapel pin carry the design of the Māori Poutama or step design found in Tukutuku wall panels. These allude to the 'stairway to heaven' or in this instance the 'steps of service'.
The basic medal ribbon design is that of the Imperial Service Order (ISO) and associated Imperial Service Medal (ISM) with the addition of narrow white edges. The red or red ochre and white provides a link to the red ochre, like in the ribbon of the Queen's Service Order (QSO) and Queen's Service Medal (QSM). Overall there is a link to the historic distinctive civil or public service honours, the Imperial Service Order and associated Medal.
The Imperial Service Order was essentially a medal for public servants, so it's appropriate that the new medal ribbon is similar. Members of the administrative or clerical branches of the civil service were eligible for appointment to the Order after at least 25 years' meritorious service, if serving in the United Kingdom or 16 years if serving in Commonwealth countries, including New Zealand.