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Latest information on the NZDSM medal project

21 December 2010

The tender process for production of the New Zealand Defence Service Medal (NZDSM) has been completed. The successful tenderer will be announced next year after the contract has been finalised and signed.

The first stage of the application process is expected to open in late February/early March. Medals will be issued based on the age of the living ex-Service person. The medals will be sent to the oldest applicants first and to those of any age who are terminally ill. To assist NZDF in ensuring the oldest applicants receive their medals first, it is expected that the initial call will be made for applications from ex-Service personnel over seventy years of age. Any applications received from persons under that age will not be processed and persons should wait until the NZDF advises that the next age group should send in their applications. This is also the case for those applying of behalf of deceased spouses, next of kin etc.

Hiring of additional staff to work on the NZDSM project at Trentham Military Camp will begin in February 2011.

An initial NZDSM presentation will be made to a selected group of ex-Service personnel at a ceremony in Parliament in the first half of 2011. For logistical reasons it is anticipated that the majority of these personnel will be drawn from the Wellington area.

“The continuing patience of ex-Service persons and their families is acknowledged and sincerely appreciated,” said Commodore Kevin Keat. “NZDF is making excellent progress on its preparations for issuing more than 100,000 NZDSMs. It is worth noting that NZDF has set itself a challenging target of less than six months to be ready to issue the NZDSM. This is less than half the 12 months required by NZDF in 2001-2002 to prepare itself for the issue of (only) 12,000 New Zealand Operational Service Medals.”

For further information please read the NZDSM FAQ sheet which is being updated regularly basis in line with questions received through the medals site.

Once the application process opens the Medals Office aim to deliver medals to those entitled to receive them as quickly as possible and will be providing frequent updates about the NZDSM Project on the Breaking News page of our website and on the FAQs about the NZ Defence Service Medal page.

Related media statement:

11 October 2010 - New Defence Force medal announced

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NZ Army Officer receives honour from His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales

14 December 2010

His Royal Highness The Prince Of Wales has invested Lieutenant Colonel Nick Gillard, Royal Regiment of New Zealand Artillery as an Additional Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

The award was announced in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2010 and because Lieutenant Colonel Gillard is currently based in London as Military Advisor attached to New Zealand Defence Staff, he had the opportunity of having the honour presented to him at the Palace.

“I talked to His Royal Highness for a couple of minutes and he was keen to thank New Zealand for its efforts in Afghanistan. He was well briefed about our contribution to ISAF.

“I remain thankful to all members of ARIKI 14 and those contingents who preceded us, whose collective efforts and professionalism made my job an easy one. I am also thankful to my family for their continued support and it was wonderful that they could share such a unique occasion.”

Lieutenant Colonel Gillard deployed to Afghanistan from April to October 2009 as Chief of Staff for the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team (NZPRT) based in Bamyan.

The citation for the award states he effectively practiced mission command at all times, which allowed his staff the freedom to conduct operations to best effect. He was personally responsible for planning and coordinating the security aspects of the Bamyan Province elections in conjunction with the Afghan National Security Forces.

The result saw elections being conducted with a high level of security and in an efficient manner. He also oversaw the successful embedding of United States Military Police into Bamyan, to begin their mission of training the Afghan National Police.

His understanding of the complex relationships between international forces and the Afghan people saw immense progress being made by the NZPRT.

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Queen's Medal awarded to Army Top shot

Corporal Timothy Bryce takes aim during the competition

2 December 2010

Image right: Corporal Timothy Bryce takes aim during the competition (WN 10-0249-007)

The Queen's Medal for Champion Shots of the New Zealand Military Forces was awarded to the NZ Army’s 'top shot' at Waiouru yesterday.

Corporal Timothy Bryce from 1st Battalion, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment in Linton won the competition by one shot in a fiercely contested match.

Sixty of the NZ Army’s top marksman started the two day Queen's Medal competition in Waiouru. The competition was broken into four elimination matches and saw shooters whittled down to ten for the final match up. Targets were engaged from 300 metres to 50 metres during the 45 minute long final.

Chief of Army Major General Rhys Jones attended the final match and presented the Queen's Medal to Corporal Bryce at the prize giving last night.

“Shooting is a core skill within the Army and the standard shown during the Queen’s Medal competition has been impressive. The ability for soldiers to apply good marksmanship principals is important as it allows soldiers deployed on operations to protect themselves and those they are protecting effectively,” said Major General Jones.

“It was a tough competition and for Corporal Bryce to win by only one shot showed how close many of the competitors were in their skill levels,” said Major Eugene Whakahoehoe, Chief Instructor of Combat School and officer in charge of the competition.

Corporal Bryce will hold the title of Champion Army shot until the next Queen's Medal competition.

The King’s Medal (now The Queen’s Medal) was introduced to New Zealand by King George V in 1923. Awarded to the Champion Army Shot, The Queen’s Medal is contested annually. Open to all branches of the New Zealand Army, The Queen’s Medal matches are fired in daylight only, firing the current in-service Steyr rifle.

For photos of the medal see the Queen's Medal for Champion Shots of the New Zealand Military Forces page of our website.

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Malaysian medal recognises New Zealanders contribution

Private William Ransfield is presented with the Pingat Jasa Malaysia medals by the Malaysian High Commissioner, His Excellency Dato’ Hasnudin Hamzah

19 November 2010

Image right: Private William Ransfield is presented with the Pingat Jasa Malaysia medal by the Malaysian High Commissioner, His Excellency Dato’ Hasnudin Hamzah at a ceremony at Defence House in Wellington.

Three veterans of the Malayan Emergency and the Indonesian Confrontation in the late 1950s and 1960s received recognition from the Malaysian Government for their contribution at a ceremony in Defence House on Monday 15 November.

Private William Ransfield, of Lower Hutt, Leading Aircraftman Ronald Salmon, of Pakuranga, and Corporal David Morgan, of Levin, were presented with the Pingat Jasa Malaysia (PJM) medal by the Malaysian High Commissioner, His Excellency Dato’ Hasnudin Hamzah.

Also among the recipients were three families of men who served in the Malayan Emergency. Mrs Sheila Cummins, of Upper Hutt, who received the PJM on behalf of her late husband Private John Cummins; Mrs Janette Kelly, of Porirua, who received the PJM on behalf of her late brother Chaplain Paddy Carmody; and Mrs Maxine Gillett, of Upper Hutt, who received the PJM on behalf of her late brother Leading Aircraftman Raymond Stewart.

At the ceremony the Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant General Mateparae said that the PJM medal is a Malaysian government initiative that recognises service in Malaya, Borneo, and Singapore.

LT GEN Mateparae quoted Chinese missionary Hudson Taylor saying, “A little thing is a little thing, but faithfulness in a little thing is a big thing” - meaning that while it may seem that New Zealand played a small part, overall we made a big contribution to Malaysian heritage.

The Malaysian High Commissioner reinforced this by saying, “The part New Zealand played in defending our territorial integrity and security was huge and the Malaysian people today cannot repay the contribution and sacrifices you made.”

The PJM Medal honours the valour and sacrifices made by the New Zealand Forces who served in Malaya / Malaysia for at least 90 days, between 31 August 1957 and 31 December 1966. This also includes service in Singapore up to 9 August 1965.

The PJM was instituted by the King of Malaysia for award to British Commonwealth personnel who served during the Malayan Emergency and the Confrontation. In 2005, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II approved its acceptance and wear by eligible New Zealand personnel and it has now been issued to more than 3,800 New Zealanders. The Defence Force estimates that at least another 1,000 eligible ex-New Zealand military personnel have not yet applied for the award of the PJM.

If you have not already received the PJM and think you may qualify for the PJM, please complete an application form, contact us online through our contact form.

This medal may also be issued to the legal next of kin of deceased Malayan veterans – if you think your relative may have qualified for this medal, all the information and application forms are on the PJM page of the Defence Medals website - http://medals.nzdf.mil.nz

Note for ex-British military personnel living in New Zealand:

Ex-British military personnel who served in Malaya / Malaysia or Singapore must apply for the PJM medal via the United Kingdom system. The application information is on http://www.veterans-uk.info/medals/pingat.html

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New Defence Force medal announced

11 October 2010

Media Statement by the Hon Dr Wayne Mapp, Minister of Defence

The New Zealand Defence Service Medal announced by the Prime Minister today closes a long-standing gap in medallic recognition of military service, Defence Minister Wayne Mapp says.

“Military service has unique requirements – a commitment to serving the Crown, being liable for operational service, and being subject to military discipline and the demands and constraints of the military lifestyle.

“The new medal recognises non-operational military service in the Defence Force by New Zealanders. Those who have served in the military for more than three years since World War Two, and those who did compulsory military training or national military service, will qualify.

“The Government places high value on non-operational service. Those service people were ready and willing to serve on operations and provided essential support to those who did,” the Minister said.

“It is estimated that there are more than 160,000 people eligible for the medal. Of those people, a large number have not been entitled to any medallic recognition to date. They served their country loyally and well in a wide range of roles and contexts, but not on operations, and they do not therefore qualify for campaign medals.

“In creating the New Zealand Defence Service Medal the Government has delivered on a National Party campaign commitment to appropriately recognise a large group of New Zealanders who have stood ready to put their lives on the line for their country.”

For further information see the Prime Minister's speech below.

Note 11 October 2010: The NZDF is NOT currently accepting applications for the New Zealand Defence Service Medal. It is anticipated that a call for applications will happen at the earliest in late February 2011.

Update 5 April 2011: The NZDF is NOT currently accepting applications for the New Zealand Defence Service Medal. It is anticipated that a call for applications will happen in mid April 2011 for the oldest ex-Service persons. For more information see the FAQs about the NZ Defence Service Medal.

Extract from the Prime Minister's speech to the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services’ Association 2010 Annual Council on 11 October 2010

New Zealand Defence Service Medal

"Another way to remember and recognise those who have served is by the awarding of medals.

The RSA has proposed a defence service medal for many years, and National has supported this idea.

We set up a working group last year to consider the medal and its eligibility criteria, under the direction of an independent chair, Neil Walter.

The working group reported back late last year and I am pleased to update you on our progress.

I am delighted to announce today that the Government has established the New Zealand Defence Service Medal, subject to the Queen’s approval.

Cabinet has also approved an additional $3.85 million for the manufacture and distribution of the medal.

The medal is for those who have served in the military for more than three years since World War Two, and those who did compulsory military training or national military service.

This is a fantastic way to give our servicemen and women the recognition they deserve.

It is estimated that there are more than 160,000 people eligible for the medal.

The initial call for applications will be restricted to those aged 50 years and over, but after six to 12 months we will open it up to all others.

In cases where an ex-serviceman or woman is deceased, their family can apply for the medal.

We hope that applications will open early next year, and that the first batch of medals will be delivered soon after."

Note:  More information can be found in the FAQs about the NZ Defence Service Medal.

Related news item:

21 December 2010 - Latest information on the NZDSM medal project

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Minister marks Seoul liberation during Korea visit and will present a set of campaign medals awarded to NZ military personnel who have served in Korea since 1950

24 September 2010

Veterans' Affairs Minister Judith Collins will attend the Liberation of Seoul Ceremony at Gyeongbuk Palace and present a set of medals to the War Memorial of Korea when she visits the Republic of Korea next week.

Ms Collins will join around 20 Veteran's Affairs Ministers and senior administrators, and a group of New Zealand veterans of the Korean War, to mark the anniversary of the recapture of Seoul from the North Korean Army on 26 September 1950.

The Minister will also present a set of campaign medals awarded to New Zealand military personnel who have served in Korea since 1950. The medals will be presented to the War Memorial of Korea and will be placed on display in the New Zealand section of the Memorial Hall.

The Republic of Korea this year marks the 60th anniversary of the start of the Korean War.

New Zealand was one of the first countries to respond to a United Nations request to assist South Korea after the invasion by North Korea in 1950. The Government initially provided two frigates, followed by a volunteer force of 1,000 men known as Kayforce.

Over the course of the war more than 4,700 New Zealanders served with Kayforce. Another 1,350 New Zealanders were deployed to Korea with the Royal New Zealand Navy.

Ms Collins will also lay a wreath during her visit to the War Memorial and at the Korean National Cemetery.

She will be accompanied on her visit to Korea by New Zealand veterans of the Korean War, Doug Callander (Wellington), Peter Duncan (Manakau), Francis Gibbison (Nelson), Clarence "Clarry" Maskill (Nelson), James "Jim" Neilsen (Wanganui) and Walter Wyatt (North Shore City).

Ms Collins and the veterans will attend a banquet hosted by the Republic of Korea Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs, Mr Kim Yang.

Ms Collins, who is also Minister of Police and Corrections, will meet with the Republic of Korea Justice Minister, Mr Lee Kwi-nam. Minister Lee's responsibilities include Corrections and the Prosecutor's Office.

While in Korea Ms Collins will also visit the Korean National Police Cyber Terror Response Unit.

Notes:  The medals to be presented will be:

a. The Korea Medal – instituted by King George VI in 1951. This was the first medal worn for Korean service by New Zealand service personnel.
b. The United Nations Service Medal (Korea) – instituted by the United Nations in 1951 and approved for acceptance and wear by all Commonwealth troops by King George VI on 6 November 1951.
c. The New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 (non-warlike) with clasps ‘Korea 1954-57’ and ‘Korea 1958 – 2000’. The two separate clasps were instituted in 1998 and 2008, respectively.
d. The New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Korea) – instituted in 2008 to recognise service since 1 January 2001.
e. The Korean War Service Medal – instituted in 1950 by the Republic of Korea but not approved for acceptance and wear by New Zealand military personnel until 2001.
f. The New Zealand Operational Service Medal – instituted in 2002.

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Military hero of Battle of Long Tan remembered

17 September 2010

Vietnam veteran and battle of Long Tan hero Morrie Stanley passed away peacefully yesterday in Auckland.

Then a Captain, Morrie was the officer in charge of an Artillery Forward Observation (FO) Party from 161 Field Battery, Royal New Zealand Artillery, during the battle of Long Tan on 18 August 1966.

His FO Party was attached to Delta Company 6 Royal Australian Infantry Regiment which engaged the Viet Cong (VC) 275 Brigade and elements of the Local Force Battalion. The party radioed in more than 60 artillery fire missions in support of the 108 Australian soldiers from D Coy.

Facing impossible odds Captain Stanley’s FO Party called in accurate and devastating artillery fire to repel the estimated 2500 Vietnamese soldiers bearing down on their position.

Many, including the Long Tan veterans, current New Zealand Army personnel and military historians credit the skill, professionalism and gallantry of Morrie Stanley in keeping much of the enemy at bay. At critical points during the battle he was directing artillery to within 50 metres of the Australian front line positions.

Morrie received an MBE in 1967, and retired from the Army in 1976

In further recognition of his efforts Morrie was presented with the Australian Unit Citation (UCG) for Gallantry at a ceremony in Auckland earlier this year. In an unprecedented move, due to Morrie’s failing health, both the Australian and New Zealand Governments fast tracked the offer and within a few hours of the offer being made the New Zealand Prime Minister had approved it.

Morrie will be farewelled by family, friends and servicemen in a service next week.

Related media statement:

29 May 2010 - Minister congratulates Vietnam War hero

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Wellington-based Malayan Veterans Sought

Tan Sri Dato' Sri Subhan Jasmon, Secretary General Ministry of Defence, Malaysia, presents NZ Navy Warrant Officer Reece Golding with the Pingat Jasa Malaysia (PJM) Medal in 2006.

28 July 2010

Image right: Tan Sri Dato' Sri Subhan Jasmon, Secretary General Ministry of Defence, Malaysia, presents NZ Navy Warrant Officer Reece Golding with the Pingat Jasa Malaysia (PJM) Medal in 2006.

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is currently seeking Wellington-based New Zealand military veterans who served during the Malayan Emergency and the Indonesian Confrontation in the late 50s and 60s who have not yet received their Pingat Jasa Malaysia medal.

The Pingat Jasa Malaysia (PJM) medal is a Malaysian government initiative that recognises service in Malaya, Borneo, and Singapore.

The PJM Medal honours the valour and sacrifices made by the New Zealand Forces who served in Malaya / Malaysia for at least 90 days, between 31 August 1957 and 31 December 1966. This also includes service in Singapore up to 9 August 1965.

“While many of these veterans have already received their medal we believe that there are still a number of veterans in the Wellington region who may not be aware of their entitlement,” said Donald Anderson, NZDF Assistant Director Medals Policy.

Since 2005 over 3,800 of these medals have been issued to former New Zealand military personnel.

Mr Anderson said, “If you think you may qualify, please complete an application form, contact us online through our contact form, or phone the NZDF Medals Office on 04 527 5270.”

This medal may also be issued to the legal next of kin of deceased Malayan veterans – if you think your relative may have qualified for this medal, all the information and application forms are on the PJM page of the Defence Medals website - http://medals.nzdf.mil.nz

Note for ex-British military personnel living in New Zealand:

Ex-British military personnel who served in Malaya / Malaysia or Singapore must apply for the PJM medal via the United Kingdom system. The application information is on http://www.veterans-uk.info/medals/pingat.html

Related media statement:

19 November 2010 - Malaysian medal recognises New Zealanders contribution

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PRESENTATION OF PJM MEDALS TO NEW ZEALAND VETERANS AT THE 53RD MALAYSIA INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION

14 June 2010

The Malaysian Ministry of Defence has been directed by the Cabinet of Malaysia to host a presentation of Pingat Jasa Malaysia (PJM) medals, including presentation to New Zealand veterans, on 29 August 2010. The presentation will be held in Malaysia in conjunction with the 53rd Independence Day (Merdeka) celebrations.

The Malaysian Government will be hosting veterans at the following activities:

29 August 2010         Dinner and PJM medal presentation ceremony

30 August 2010         Veterans attend Merdeka celebration; visit to military camp and cemetery

31 August 2010         Attend and participate in “Merdeka” Parade

1 September 2010     Sight Seeing (organised)

New Zealand veterans who are planning on attending any of the above activities, are requested to advise their attendance no later than 30 June 2010, directly to Aaron Hanley, Adviser Commemorations, Veterans’ Affairs New Zealand on freephone 0800 483 8372 or by email to veterans@xtra.co.nz

Eligibility for the PJM medal will be confirmed by Veterans' Affairs New Zealand, before details of veterans attending the activities are passed to the Malaysian High Commission.

Veterans who attend the activities in Malaysia will be responsible for meeting their own expenses for travel and accommodation.

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Defence Personnel named in Queen's Birthday Honours

4 June 2010

Eleven New Zealand Defence Force personnel have been named in the 2010 Queen’s Birthday Honours. 

The recipients are as follows:

To be a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM):

Squadron Leader James Robert JENNINGS, Royal New Zealand Air Force

To be an Additional Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM):

Lieutenant Colonel Nicholas John GILLARD, Royal Regiment of New Zealand Artillery

To receive the New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration (DSD):

  • Group Captain Mary Elizabeth COX (Retired), Royal New Zealand Air Force
    Commander Jason Stewart HAGGITT, Royal New Zealand Navy
    Lieutenant Blake William HERBERT, ED, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment (Territorial Force)
    Lieutenant Michael William KOBERSTEIN, New Zealand Intelligence Corps
    Major Simon Montague MARRIOTT, Royal New Zealand Armoured Corps (Territorial Force)
    Commander Andrew Gavin McMILLAN, Royal New Zealand Navy
    Corporal Matthew William PEARCE, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment
    Wing Commander Brendon PETT, Royal New Zealand Air Force
    Major Brendon Patrick WOOD, Royal New Zealand Army Medical Corps

Related media statement:

14 December 2010 - NZ Army Officer receives honour from His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales

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Minister congratulates Vietnam War hero

29 May 2010

Veterans' Affairs Minister Judith Collins has congratulated Lieutenant Colonel Morrie Stanley, MBE (Retired), who today received an Australian Unit Citation for Gallantry during the battle of Long Tan in Vietnam.

Mr Stanley was presented the citation at a function in Auckland today by Lieutenant Colonel Harry Smith MC (Retired) Officer Commanding in 1966 of D Company of 6 Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR) on behalf of the Australian Government. The ceremony was attended by military officials, members of his former unit, veterans, family and friends.

The citation recognised Mr Stanley's actions during a fierce battle in a rubber plantation on 18 August 1966 in which 105 Australian troops confronted a force of 2500 battle-hardened North Vietnamese.

Mr Stanley was the Forward (Artillery) Observer from 161 Battery, 16 Field Regiment of the Royal New Zealand Artillery, attached to D Company, 6RAR during the Battle of Long Tan.

"Amid heavy gunfire and in driving monsoon rain, Mr Stanley directed a hail of artillery fire from US, Australian and New Zealand units down on the enemy positions," Ms Collins said.

"It was an impossible situation in which the unit faced overwhelming odds. Without Mr Stanley's courage and cool-headed commitment to duty, many Australian soldiers might never have made it out of that plantation alive.

"I congratulate Mr Stanley on this citation from the Australian Government. He is an inspiration and true ANZAC hero of whom all New Zealanders should be proud."

For more information on and images of the Australian Unit Citation for Gallantry see the Australian Government's It's An Honour website.

For more information on the Battle of Long Tan see the Australian website AnzacDay.org.au.

Related media statement:

17 September 2010 - Military hero of Battle of Long Tan remembered

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Ramos-Horta presents medals to Defence Force personnel

25 May 2010

On 20 May President José Ramos-Horta bestowed the Timor-Leste Solidarity Medal on 170 New Zealand Defence Force personnel in recognition of their contribution to the country's independence.

The ceremony was held at Nicolau Lobato Presidential Palace in Dili, and participated in by New Zealand's Governor-General Anand Satyanand, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ameerah Haq, East Timorese Defence Force [F-FDTL] Commander, Major-General Taur Matan Ruak, and other State leaders of Timor-Leste.

President Ramos-Horta said that the medals were an accolade for the New Zealand Defence Force, who joined INTERFET [the International Force for East Timor] to promote security in the region in 1999.

"Today we bestow medals to the International Stabilisation Force (ISF) from New Zealand and it is an accolade for their contribution to Timor-Leste to keep security in the country," President Ramos-Horta said.

Sir Anand Satyanand said the New Zealand Defence Force would continue to maintain security in the country, but it would depend on the security situation in Timor-Leste and the agreement signed with the United Nations.

[This article was produced by the Open Source Centre in Timor-Leste]

Images and more information on the Timor-Leste Solidarity Medal can be found on the following page of the NZDF Medals website:

- The Timor-Leste Solidarity Medal

A photograph of the presentation ceremony on 20 May can be seen on the NZDF website reprint of the Open Source Centre article.

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Medal presentation to 6 Hauraki Battalion Group

7 April 2010

Hon Heather Roy address to 6 Hauraki Battalion Group medal presentation; Tauranga Army Hall, Corner 11th Avenue and Devonport Road, Tauranga; Wednesday, 7 April 2010.

Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Julian Sewell, Officers and Soldiers of 6 Hauraki Battalion Group, award recipients, families and friends.

Tena koutou katoa.

It is always a pleasure to attend Territorial Force activities and an honour to be asked to present medals. The pride and sense of belonging one feels from wearing a Defence force uniform is hard to explain to those who haven't. Even greater is the pride experienced at the recognition of what you have achieved, and are being awarded for tonight.

For 112 years, 6 Hauraki Battalion has been preparing soldiers to serve on operations. Today, as I look around it is easy to see that this legacy continues as we recognise officers and soldiers who have returned from service in the Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, and Afghanistan, or have completed 12 years continuous service in the Territorial Force.

Many people face the daily challenge of balancing work, family and leisure; you have the added challenge of balancing all of these with Army time as Reserve Officers and Soldiers. This is a significant ask for families and employers, and it is important to acknowledge this support at home and in the workplace. It is this that enables you to train and deploy on operations.

It takes a huge commitment from you as Territorial soldiers to take months out of everyday life, to deploy on operations such as Rata, Crib and Gyro. I note that, with 16 personnel deploying from 6 Hauraki during the last year, this is a significant commitment from your local community too. The three-part team - reservists, families and employers - is critical to the development and success of the NZDF.

There are many parallels between the Defence Force and sports teams. A sports team is more than just a group of players you see on the field. Regardless of how good they are they won't complete a game, let alone a season, on their own. They need to be supported by a dynamic, high utility reserve bench - often with your specialist performers and impact players. In the Defence Force, as in sport, full time versus part-time is not a choice. It's not a case of either/or, but both/and. We need both to achieve success.

Working as you do with a foot in both camps - the military and civilian worlds - I know that the Defence Force appreciates the skills and enthusiasm you bring to the uniform. Speaking with employers I know that they are grateful for the leadership, vision, and technical skills you bring back to the workplace after an exercise, or an operational deployment.

Recently, local employer Moana Pacific Fisheries Ltd was recognised with a Territorial Force Employer Support Award here in Tauranga, and they will go on to represent the Bay of Plenty in the national awards I am presenting at Parliament next week. I commend Mr Eddie Dodd and other employers of this region supporting our Reservists. Without your support and generosity of spirit in willingly releasing your employees, Reserve deployments would be very difficult to achieve.

The profession of arms is a unique vocation and one we've joined for many reasons, but the common among them is supporting peace and freedom. However announcing intent is not the same as carrying out an action. To win on operations, or in any endeavour we must all be prepared to take the field, to win and not to leave until our work is done. Tonight I'm delighted to honour and congratulate those who have done just this. You join many others in furthering the proud history of your unit with your contribution to peace and freedom.

And, lest we forget, the price of peace and freedom is eternal vigilance.

Kia Kaha

Medal Recipients:
Major Grant Arrowsmith, Royal New Zealand Armed Corps: New Zealand General Service Medal (Afghanistan) primary operational area and New Zealand Operational Service Medal

Warrant Officer Class Two Clint Savage, Royal New Zealand Army Logistics Regiment: New Zealand General Service Medal (Timor-Leste) and Timor-Leste Solidarity Medal

Private Damien Morgan, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment: New Zealand General Service Medal (Solomon Islands), New Zealand Operational Service Medal

Private Justin Goodwin, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment: New Zealand General Service Medal (Solomon Islands), New Zealand Operational Service Medal

Captain F. Grieve, Royal New Zealand Armed Corps: Efficiency Decoration

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Medals awarded for service in Timor-Leste to aid worker

29 March 2010

[This New Zealand Red Cross news story, also published in the Whangarei Leader on 30 March 2010, has been republished with the permission of the National Office New Zealand Red Cross].

Being held hostage and shot at in a war zone is all in a day's work for an exceptional Whangarei man.

Warwick Inder is one of New Zealand Red Cross' most experienced aid workers with more than 25 years' experience. Since joining Red Cross in 1985, Mr Inder has been on 11 missions working in countries including Afghanistan, Iraq, Tajikistan, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Belarus, China and Timor Leste.

Mr Inder's Red Cross work has been recognised for the first time with the New Zealand Operational Service Medal and the New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Timor-Leste).

But Mr Inder says medals are not why he is a Red Cross delegate.

"It is not something that really worries me too much. I have done it for the enjoyment of what I have done and where I have been."

Mr Inder joined the Red Cross about the age of 42 after working for many years for the Northland District Health Board. While at a meeting for the health board in Wellington, Mr Inder met a returning Red Cross delegate for Angola.

"I said I was interested and asked how I go about working for the New Zealand Red Cross," Mr Inder says.

"He said send your CV to Wellington and give his name as a reference. Ten days later I was on my way to Ethiopia."

For the next eight months Mr Inder was employed by the New Zealand Red Cross to work for the International Committee of the Red Cross. After the Ethiopia drought of 1985, he worked in refugee camps in Sudan's Kassala region as a sanitary engineer, well digger and in infectious disease control.

He then went to Peshawar in Pakistan to be part of a team building a tent field hospital to help the overflow of wounded coming out of Afghanistan. From then on Mr Inder barely had a break between missions, other than two years from 1999 to 2001 when he returned home from the Pacific to buy land, build a house and develop an avocado orchard of 400 trees and produce calla lilies under plastic for export to the Japanese market – and assist the New Zealand Red Cross in Whangarei. Mr Inder says he could write a book about his work where he has operated out of offices being shaken by bombs exploding outside, flown in an aircraft under gun fire while being used as a shield for a Russian plane, and been taken hostage more than once.

"It is an interesting job," Mr Inder says. His last mission was for more than two years in East Timor starting in March 2006. Mr Inder was head of delegation for the international Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent in Timor Leste, and co-ordinated with the Timor Leste Red Cross to assess needs, manage development of hospitals and camps, and distributing emergency food and aid.


Mr Inder, 67, is enjoying the peace and sunshine of Whangarei while keeping an eye open for any Red Cross work overseas.

"I will do it for as long as they want me," he says.

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International medal awarded to New Zealand Red Cross aid worker

15 March 2010

[This New Zealand Red Cross news item has been republished with the permission of the National Office New Zealand Red Cross].

New Zealand Red Cross aid worker Joyce Hood will receive the highest honour in the nursing profession on 18 March.

The Florence Nightingale medal is awarded to people who distinguish themselves in times of peace or war by showing exceptional courage and devotion to the wounded, sick or disabled or to civilian victims of conflict or disaster.

Ms Hood returned from Iraq to New Zealand to attend an award ceremony hosted by Their Excellencies The Governor-General of New Zealand The Honourable Sir Anand Satyanand and Lady Susan Satyanand in association with New Zealand Red Cross.

The ceremony commemorated the 12 years of duty and service to others Ms Hood has given on 11 missions, during 80 months in highly volatile areas such as Afghanistan, Timor-Leste and Iraq.

Speaking from Najaf, Iraq, Ms Hood said, "I am humbled to be awarded the Florence Nightingale medal. I love my the work that I do with New Zealand Red Cross and I get just as much back from it as I give."

Ms Hood is the project manager for the medical training programme in Najaf, where she runs courses for doctors and nurses to update their emergency care skills as well as giving bedside teaching.

Ms Hood has previously received the East Timor Medal and the New Zealand Operational Service Medal for her service in East Timor in 2000 and the New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Afghanistan) primary operational area for her work in Afghanistan in 2003, 2004 and 2006.

This year, New Zealand Red Cross celebrates 50 years of its international humanitarian aid worker programme, which sees up to 30 Kiwi aid workers overseas at any one time.

Interviews with Ms Hood can be arranged from 15 March to 24 March after which she will again be overseas. High resolution pictures of Ms Hood are available from the New Zealand Red Cross.

Joyce Hood's mission history with New Zealand Red Cross:

2010 Iraq, Najaf
2009 South Ossetia, Tskhinvali
2008 South Ossetia, Tskhinvali
2007 Sudan, Khartoum
2006 Afghanistan, Kandahar
2004 Afghanistan, Jalalabad
2003 Afghanistan, Kandahar
2002 Kenya, Lokichokia
2001 Sudan, Juba
2000 Timor-Leste, Dili
1999 Afghanistan, Kandahar

To read more about New Zealand Red Cross aid workers overseas see the NZ Red Cross website.

For information on becoming an aid worker see the NZ Red Cross website.

To read more about aid workers who have recently been awarded medals see the 9 March 2010 item below or see the NZ Red Cross website.

The medal or ribbon of the Florence Nightingale Memorial Medal (instituted 1912) of the International Committee of the Red Cross is worn on the right side, including when in official uniform.

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Medals awarded to International aid workers

9 March 2010

[This New Zealand Red Cross news item has been republished with the permission of the National Office New Zealand Red Cross].

Wellingtonian Red Cross humanitarian aid workers Marion Picken and Colleen Clark have each been awarded the New Zealand Operational Service Medal and the New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Afghanistan) primary operational area for their work in Afghanistan.

The New Zealand Operational Service Medal is awarded in recognition for operational service on behalf of New Zealand, and the New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Afghanistan) primary operational area recognises New Zealand personnel (both military and non military) who have served in Afghanistan from December 2001.

New Zealand Red Cross Chief Executive John Ware presented the medals to Mrs Picken and Mrs Clark in a ceremony at Red Cross national office last week.


During the ceremony, Mrs Picken and Mrs Clark's achievements and continued dedication to international humanitarian work on behalf of New Zealand Red Cross was celebrated by Red Cross staff, family and friends.

Health aid worker Mrs Picken has been an international aid worker with New Zealand Red Cross for 12 years, and been on mission to places such as Sudan, Kenya, Pakistan and also Indonesia, where she was awarded the New Zealand Special Service Medal (Asian Tsunami).

The New Zealand Operational Service Medal and the New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 have been awarded to Marion for her two missions to Afghanistan, where she worked at hospital north of Kabul as a midwife, nurse and health aid worker. Her work in Kabul included dealing with people injured in car crashes, landmines, and "obstetric disasters".

Mrs Clark has been with Red Cross 23 years, and has been in field service to countries such as Pakistan, Zaire, Thailand and Indonesia, where she was also awarded New Zealand Special Service Medal (Asian Tsunami).

The former St John paramedic has been awarded the New Zealand Operational Service Medal and the New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 for her work in Afghanistan where she helped set up the Kabul ambulance service in cooperation with the Afghanistan Red Crescent, the Norwegian Red Cross and the Kuwait Red Crescent Society.

Mrs Picken, who lives in Wellington with her partner Lewis and two young children is getting married this Saturday.

Mrs Clark lives in Wellington with her husband Les, and works on an oil rig off the Taranaki Coast when she is not on mission with Red Cross.

This year, New Zealand Red Cross celebrates 50 years of their aid worker programme, which sees approximately 30 aid workers overseas at any one time.

Most recently, New Zealand Red Cross has sent two aid workers to the Pacific to assist in the wake of cyclone Pat and Rene in February, and to the Solomon Islands to help clean up after the earthquake and tsunami in January this year. New Zealand Red Cross have offered support to the Chilean Red Cross should assistance be required.

New Zealand Red Cross, as part of the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, currently supports 24 humanitarian aid workers deployed around the world working in fields such as health, water and sanitation and construction. New Zealand Red Cross' international aid worker programme is supported by NZAID, the government's international aid agency.

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Medals awarded to Red Cross worker

13 January 2010

New Zealand Red Cross humanitarian aid worker, Andrew Cameron, has been awarded the New Zealand Operational Service Medal and the New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Afghanistan) primary operational area for his work in Afghanistan.

Central Hawkes Bay Deputy Mayor Michael Waite and New Zealand Red Cross National President Penny Mason will present the medals to Mr Cameron in a ceremony in Waipukurau this Thursday 14 January.

The ceremony will celebrate Mr Cameron’s achievements and continued dedication to international humanitarian work on behalf of New Zealand Red Cross.

Mr Cameron has undertaken a total of four international aid missions over the past five years, helping thousands of vulnerable people in Afghanistan, Sudan, Kenya and Yemen.

The New Zealand Operational Service Medal is awarded in recognition for operational service on behalf of New Zealand, and the New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Afghanistan) primary operational area recognises New Zealand personnel (both military and non military) who have served in Afghanistan from December 2001.

Mr Cameron completed his first nine month mission to Afghanistan in 2008 and returned in 2009 for a further three months working as the Hospital Project Manager at Jalabad Public Hospital in Kandahar. He describes his first deployment to Afghanistan as fascinating.

“The people in Afghanistan have been troubled by years of war, and the complex and ever changing situation of unrest is showing no respite. They are unfortunate to have conflict thrust upon them,” Mr Cameron says.

During his time in Afghanistan, Mr Cameron had to adjust to restrictions, curfews and a high security threat level as part of the experience, which he says was extraordinarily rewarding.

"In Afghanistan you are in the middle of a war zone. There were troops on the street all the time and a feeling of tension, but it’s all part of making a difference in the lives of people who need it most,” he says.

Mr Cameron has since completed a six month mission in Yemen working as a Public Health Specialist after leaving Afghanistan in May 2009. After a brief return to New Zealand, Mr Cameron is now is set to commence a 12 month mission in Najaf, Iraq as Hospital Project Manager later this month.

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Defence Personnel named in New Year's Honours

5 January 2010

On 31 December 2009, it was announced that six New Zealand Defence Force personnel will receive New Year’s Honours. The recipients are:

To be a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM):
Warrant Officer Class One John Carruthers BARCLAY, Royal New Zealand Armoured Corps

To be an Additional Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM):
Colonel (Retired) Richard Lewis HALL, OBE, Colonels’ List New Zealand Army

To receive the New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration (DSD):
Captain Dougal Andrew BARKER, Royal New Zealand Armoured Corps

Wing Commander Mark Stanley BRUNTON, Royal New Zealand Air Force

Major Bryce Cameron GURNEY, The Corps of Royal New Zealand Engineers

Major Peter Warren JACOBS, Royal New Zealand Army Medical Corps

Full details of the awards and recipients have been published on the NZDF website.

Also see the NZDF Feature Story 'WO1 John Barclay receives New Year Honour' published on the NZDF website on 19 January 2010.

Images and background information on the honours and awards awarded to NZDF personnel in the New Year's Honours 2010 can be found on the following pages of the NZDF Medals website:

- The Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) page

- The New Zealand Order of Merit page

- The New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration (DSD) page

 

 

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