Over the many years of the existence of the Legion of Frontiersmen, there has not been a great deal of service recognition except for the original Long Service and Efficiency Medal and Meritorious Service Medals. The designs remained for several decades (It is uncertain when the first were issued as records have been misplaced) It was during the 1980s in NZ that the first of NZ's modern awards was founded with the issuing of the Legion 5 year Star. The United Kingdom and in particular the Commandant General was the awarding Authority of the Meritorious Service Medal.
Each of the many Commands of the Legion around the world also had their own range of medallic awards, and each was different than any of the other countries. In 1994 it was decided that there should be a re-structuring of all the Legions awards, and so it was that in 1995/96 a new awards programme came into being that utilised those awards that had been previously used. The following are details of the awards that have been in vogue within the Legion in New Zealand over the years
After the New Zealand Command Conferences of 2005 and 2006 the awards of the New Zealand Command were finally set out properly and there were small changes made to reflect the individuality of the Command, and in 2006 there saw the re-introduction of the Pioneer Cross