The New Zealand Service Medal 1946-1949 was instituted in 1995 to recognise New Zealand military personnel who served in the occupation forces in Japan between March 1946 and March 1949. In 2002 the Royal Warrant was amended to also recognise service between September 1945 and March 1946, including service by the crews of HMNZ Ships Gambia and Achilles in Japanese waters.
The New Zealand Service Medal 1946-1949 was issued unengraved until 30 June 2009. From 1 July 2009 this medal has been issued engraved on the bottom rim. For military personnel, the recipient’s service number, rank, initials, surname, and corps/service are engraved. These details are as at the date of the service which qualified him or her for the medal.
There are no clasps or bars for this medal.