Obverse: An effigy of the Sovereign.
Reverse: Plain, with the legend "AIR EFFICIENCY AWARD".
Size: 32mm wide, 37mm top to bottom.
Ribbon: 38mm wide, the ribbon is green with two central 4mm pale blue stripes.
Suspension: By an ornate non-swivelling bar in the shape of an eagle with wings outstretched.
The award of the New Zealand Air Efficiency Award was instituted on 14th August, 2020, and is awarded for long service and good conduct by officers, airmen or airwomen of the Territorial Air Force or the Air Force Reserve of the Royal New Zealand Air Force after fourteen years' service. Clasps may be awarded upon completion of a further seven years' service. The clasp is oblong in shape and bears an Eagle with outstretched wings surmounted by a Royal Crown.
Where a clasp is awarded, the first three clasps shall be in silver. Where a fourth clasp is conferred, the silver clasps shall be replaced by a single gilt clasp. An additional gilt clasp shall be worn for each subsequent clasp conferred.
The long service and good conduct of officers, airmen or airwomen of the Territorial Air Force and the Air Force Reserve had formerly been recognised by the conferral of the British Air Efficiency Award under a Warrant dated 12th April 1951, and regulations dated 13th January 1954.
The New Zealand Defence Force Long Service Award Regulations, 2020, specify the period of time a person must serve to be eligible for the award, and the period of time a person must serve to be eligible for the award of each additional clasp.
Royal Warrant For This Award: View Warrant (PDF document)
Regulations For This Award: View Regulations (PDF document)
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