Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Belgian Ambassador unveils plaque for WW1 heroine

18 July 2017

Belgian Ambassador unveils plaque for WW1 heroine

First World War Queen Elisabeth Medal recipient Elizabeth Pinfold will be honoured this Friday with the unveiling of a plaque by the Belgian Ambassador, His Excellency Jean-Luc Bodson, at her restored grave in Karori Cemetery.

Elizabeth Pinfold became involved in charitable causes to support the war effort shortly after war was declared in August 1914. She was instrumental in the creation of the Belgian Relief Fund – raising tens of thousands of pounds in donations and clothing to send to Belgian refugees and military personnel.

The event is part of the on-going WW100 commemorations says Councillor Jill Day. “From 2014-2019 we’re commemorating the centenary of the First World War, remembering significant events and the contributions made by Wellingtonians during this time.

“We are paying tribute to all tales of heroism, courage and bravery shown throughout the First World War – and those who stayed home to hold the fort contributed equally as much to the campaign as those who went overseas,” she adds.

The plaque unveiling has been done in partnership with the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Senior Historian at the Ministry, Imelda Bargas, has been working on a project that provides more information about the New Zealand women who received the Queen Elisabeth Medal.

“Following the First World War, Elizabeth was one of a group of thirty-three women in New Zealand to be honoured by Belgium for their work in support of the country and its citizens.

“In 2014, I visited Elizabeth’s grave and saw that there was no information marking her contribution. This inspired me to start a project on the group of medallists,” Imelda says. “I am very pleased that Wellington City Council have restored Elizabeth’s grave and created an information panel to highlight her contribution to Belgium during the war.”

Four generations of Elizabeth Pinfold’s family, including her 80-year-old granddaughter, will travel from all over New Zealand to participate in the occasion. Members of the public are also invited to attend the event, which will be held at 2pm on Friday 21 July in Karori Cemetery.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice.

Evidently, the National government is similarly desperate for anything that might discredit or derail the Ardern juggernaut, even if that means throwing Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne under a bus More>>


Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>


Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>


(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>



Mental Health Foundation: 'Positive First Steps'

“The heavy reliance on pilots and targeted approaches in the package announced today makes it plain that additional funding will be needed so that activities that work can be made available throughout New Zealand,” says Mr Robinson. More>>


'Gift' To NZ: Synod Considers Third Christchurch Cathedral Option

Members of the Anglican Diocese of Christchurch will consider three, not two, options regarding the future of the ChristChurch Cathedral... The new option is for the Synod to gift the Cathedral building to the Government for the people of New Zealand. More>>


PM's Presser: Labour's Water Policy 'Reckless', Says English

The Labour Party has "bumbled into" its policy to charge for water in a "reckless" way that would put a Labour-led government on a collision course with both Maori and other water users, Prime Minister Bill English said at his weekly post-Cabinet press conference.. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election