Awards for Excellence

The Minister of Defence, Awards for Excellence are the annual awards ceremony hosted by Minister of Defence, Hon. Ron Mark at Parliament.  The ceremony celebrates excellence in our NZDF and industry communities.



The Minister of Defence's Awards for Excellence is a collaboration between the Defence Employer Support Council (DESC) and the New Zealand Defence Industry Advisory Council (NZDIAC). 


The DESC selects and celebrates individuals who have made an Outstanding Contribution from the following Awards Categories:


  • Reservist of the Year
  • Reservist Employer of the Year
  • NZ Cadet Force Employer of the Year
  • Individual Contribution to the Limited Service Volunteers (LSV)
  • Employer Contribution to the Limited Service Volunteers (LSV)


How do I nominate someone? 

NZDF individuals can nominate personnel and employers from 1 May – 1 July 2020. 


NZDF personnel: Email to retrieve a nomination form and escalate your completed form through your Chain of Command.   


When you submit your completed form to your Chain of Command, ensure you cc: in the first instance. 


Your Chain of Command can submit your form to this email inbox:


For information on the 2019 recipients click here