Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Largest Reward Offered for Return of Stolen Medals

Largest Reward Offered for Return of Stolen Medals
New Zealand Police National News Release
10:56am 17 January 2008

The Police Commissioner Howard Broad jointly with the Chief of the Army, Major General Lou Gardiner, announced today the largest reward ever offered in New Zealand for information leading to the safe return of the medals stolen from the Army Museum last month.

Commissioner Broad and General Gardiner said the reward of $300,000 is being offered through the generosity of Lord Michael Ashcroft, the owner of the largest collection of Victoria Crosses, and a New Zealand businessman who wishes to remain anonymous.

"We are extremely appreciative of these gentlemen's generosity which clearly reflects the high regard and importance these medals hold not only in New Zealand but also overseas."

The nine VCs and other medals have still not been located.

Commissioner Broad said it is hoped the reward, the largest ever offered in New Zealand, would encourage someone to come forward and provide information that would lead to the return of the medals.

"This theft strikes at the heart of New Zealand's proud military history and those who fought for this country. These medals were just reward for their bravery.

"I sincerely hope this announcement will reinvigorate the investigation and motivate someone to come forward."

Mr Broad said the delay in confirming the reward after Lord Ashcroft had announced his offer late last year was due to a number of factors.

"There are a very unusual set of circumstances concerning this reward. In normal circumstances Police have the authority under the law to make such rewards and there is a process for managing the reward and of course the decision as to who gets paid rest with me."

"In this case, the reward funds were being provided by private individuals and we had to ensure all parties clearly understood their responsibilities and how the process would operate. At the end of the day the key recommendation and the timing of the announcement of a reward wrests with the Officer in Charge of the investigation and the final decision and approval is made by the Commissioner."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Another Leader Exiting: Statement From Peter Dunne

I have concluded, based on recent polling, and other soundings I have been taking over the last few weeks, that, the volatility and uncertainty notwithstanding, there is now a mood amongst Ōhāriu voters for a change of MP, which is unlikely to alter...

“I have therefore decided that it is time for me to stand aside, so the people of Ōhāriu can elect a new electorate MP. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>


Lyndon Hood: Social Welfare, Explained

Speaking as someone who has seen better times and nowadays mostly operates by being really annoying and humiliating to deal with, I have some fellow feeling with the current system, so I’ll take this chance to set a few things straight.. More>>


Deregistered: Independent Board Decision On Family First

The Board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable... More>>


Transport Policies: Nats' New $10.5bn Roads Of National Significance

National is committing to the next generation of Roads of National Significance, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. More>>


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. More>>


Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>


Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election