Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Nancy Wake is a hero, no question about that

23 February 2006

Nancy Wake is a hero, no question about that

Judith Collins demand that Jim Anderton be sacked from the Honours Secretariat is ridiculous because he is not even on it.

The National MP's call for his sacking is a result of Jim Anderton not giving support to a nomination for an award to Nancy Wake. Jim Anderton said from Europe that he declined to do this on the grounds that, on the advice he received, Nancy Wake does not fit our New Zealand war time honours criteria.

"I was not belittling Nancy Wake's war time efforts in not supporting a request that she receive a New Zealand honour for services to this country. Nancy Wake has been honoured for services from other countries, which she justly deserves," Jim Anderton said from Paris today, where he is attending key agricultural and fishing meetings.

"Nancy Wake did not serve with or alongside New Zealand forces at any time during the war, which would be the usual basis for specific recognition of her war service by our country. Nancy Wake's association with New Zealand, on advice that I received, was slight. Nancy Wake left New Zealand for Australia as a toddler of two in 1916 and, as far as I know, did not live in New Zealand any time since.

"National MP Judith Collins has had every opportunity twice a year, every year, to nominate Nancy Wake for the Honours list and to my knowledge, I don't believe she has ever done this. I have spent the last sixteen years campaigning for a posthumous award for the extraordinarily brave Colonel William Malone and the National Party never indicated any interest in honouring one of New Zealand's greatest unsung heroes," Jim Anderton said

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news