The medal is awarded to Officers in the New Zealand Armed Forces who have completed 15 years of service with “irreproachable” (beyond criticism) conduct.
New Zealand High Commissioner Peter Marshall opened proceedings by talking about the importance of service medals as part of a many family’s histories.
“This medal, the Lieutenant Commander will receive, will I hope be in his family for generations to come. It will be talked about, handled and become part of the family history in times to come, and that is something to be proud of.
“For anyone who spends 15 years of unblemished service involved with one organisation, well that is something worth celebrating.”
After receiving his award, Driver spoke about the role his wife Suze had played in his achievements.
“It was already mentioned by His Excellency (Peter Marshall), but I’ve got to say it. One of the hardest jobs in the world isn’t being a sailor, its being a sailor’s partner. We spend a lot of time at sea and we wouldn’t get to these positions without that support.”
Drive joined the Royal New Zealand Navy in February 2002 as a Direct Entry Warfare Officer in the rank of Ensign.
He served on HMNZS Canterbury, Endeavour and Manawatu.
In 2010 he served as a military observer as part of the United Nations Mission in Sudan before rejoining HMNZS Endeavour in 2011 as Operations Officer.
He is now Maritime Surveillance Officer in the Cook Islands, a role he took up in January last year.