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New Zealand design elements: men’s Queen’s Service Order badge (3rd of 3)

New Zealand design elements: men’s Queen’s Service Order badge

The badge of the Queen’s Service Order is a stylised mānuka flower in sterling silver. A circle of red enamel surrounding an image of Queen Elizabeth II in the centre of the flower sports the inscription ‘For service’ and ‘Mo nga mahi nui’. The ribbon features colours significant to New Zealand — kōkōwai (red ochre), black and white — shown in the traditional stepped poutama pattern.

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Mandy Wong, 'Royal honours system - The Order of New Zealand and New Zealand Order of Merit', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 September 2023)

Story by Mandy Wong, published 20 Jun 2012