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.  

The Public Service Medal recognises public servants who have given meritorious service, and the Commendation for Frontline Excellence celebrates those who exemplify a spirit of service to the community.  

Nominations will be accepted from Public Service chief executives from 14 May to 28 June 2019.  

Information on eligibility and criteria is included in the nomination form.  

Click here for the Public Service Medal nomination form.   

Click here for the State Services Commissioner’s Commendation for Frontline Excellence nomination form.    

He Tohu Ratonga Tūmatanui  
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:  

  • have demonstrated 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.  

Click here  for the  Public  Service Medal  nomination form  

He Tohu Amorangi a Te Kawa Mataaho  
State Services Commissioner's Commendation for Frontline Excellence  

The State Services 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  p ublic  s ector.  

Click here  for the State Services Commissioner’s Commendation for Frontline Excellence nomination form.

Public Service Honours   

Two commendations were awarded at a special memorial service organised by the Department of Conservation on Thursday 9 May 2019. Read more

2018 Public Service Day Award recipients   

Five  Public Service Medals  were awarded for the first time in November 2018. Read more

Nine  Commissioner’s  commendations were awarded for the first time in November 2018. Read more

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