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


Veterans funded for WWII commemorations

Veterans funded for WWII commemorations

National will fund World War II veterans who wish to travel to 70th anniversary commemorations overseas, says Veterans' Affairs Spokeswoman Judith Collins.

National launched its Veterans' Affairs policy today at the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services' Association annual conference in Wellington.

Under the policy, WWII veterans will be funded to attend selected overseas 70th anniversary commemorations associated with their service. This will include business-class or RNZAF flights, accommodation, meals, medical assistance and support staff from the Defence Force.

"National understands how important it is for veterans to be able to take part in these commemorations as - for the majority of them - it will be their last opportunity to do so," Ms Collins says.

"For the 50th and 60th World War II anniversary commemorations the Governments of the day held ballots to determine which veterans would have their expenses met to attend.

"Given the advanced age of WWII veterans, it was National's view that balloting would not be appropriate.

"We have a small number of veterans who will want to travel, and will be fit enough to do so. If they wish to attend, we have an obligation to do whatever we could to make that possible.

"This policy will be a significant commitment from the Government. We see it as an opportunity for the country to demonstrate to these veterans how much it values their service by helping them attend commemorations where they served one last time," Ms Collins says.

The assistance is expected to focus on the following overseas commemorations which are of significance to New Zealand:

* El Alamein, in October 2012, will be a representative anniversary for those who served in North Africa.

* Cassino, in May 2014, will be the representative anniversary for those who served in Italy.

* D-Day, in June 2014, will be the representative anniversary for aircrew and naval personnel involved in operations in Northeast Europe.

* New Caledonia, in April 2013, will be the representative anniversary for those who served in the Pacific.

There are other 70th anniversary related commemorations, including the Battle for Guadalcanal in August 2012 and the dedication of the Bomber Command Memorial by the Queen, tentatively scheduled for June 2012.

Pacific veterans will be involved in commemorative activities with the US marines when they return to New Zealand next year.

As well as overseas commemorations there will be local events for veterans who are unable or do not wish to travel overseas. Funding would be available for WWII veterans to travel to commemorations within New Zealand.

A new military commemorations co-ordination unit within the Defence Force will be established to plan and co-ordinate military commemorations.

The policy also includes:

* Completing the development of Memorial Park in Wellington in time for the centenary of World War I. The park will be the centrepiece of commemorations beginning in 2014.

* Modernising the War Pensions Act in response to the Law Commission's report on the review of the Act. National is committed to providing a piece of legislation that meets the needs of veterans from World War II as well as meeting the needs of current and future veterans of modern day deployments.

* Review Veterans' Affairs New Zealand to ensure it has a sound legal, financial and policy infrastructure that provides the best support and services to veterans.

Visit National's Veterans' Affairs policy at:

Authorised by G Hamilton, Level 2, 262 Thorndon Quay, Wellington

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Canada’s Election, And The AUKUS Defence Pact

Yesterday, Canada held an election in which everyone lost, including the voters. After holding its most expensive ( $C600 million) election campaign ever, the result was Groundhog Day, with the five main parties getting almost exactly the same number of seats as they did last time around, in 2019. Same overall result too: Liberals leader and PM Justin Trudeau will once again be leading a minority government... More>>

Covid-19, 24/9: 1,131 Overall Cases, 4,900,000+ Vaccine Doses

9 new cases have been discovered in Auckland, currently at Level 3. 886 of the Auckland cases have recovered alongside all of the Wellington cases... More>>



Government: Next Steps To Improve Safety In Wake Of Whakaari White Island Tragedy
The Government is moving to improve safety in light of the Whakaari White Island tragedy and has released proposals to reinforce safety standards in registered adventure activities... More>>

Government: Expert Group Appointed To Lead New Zealand’s Future Health System
An outstanding group of people with extensive and wide-ranging governance and health experience have been appointed to lead the Māori Health Authority and Health New Zealand, Health Minister Andrew Little says... More>>


Green Party: Kiwis Overseas Must Be Allowed To Vote Next Year
New Zealanders stranded overseas should be allowed to vote in next year’s local government elections and the 2023 general election, the Green Party said today. “The reality of this pandemic is lots of people cannot renew their voting rights when they are home as they normally would... More>>

Power: Bill Changes Bring Fairness To Charges

A key recommendation of an independent panel to make electricity charges fairer across all households will be put in place, the Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods has announced... More>>

Government: Parks expiry of licenses, WoFs and regos
As a result of the Delta outbreak, driver licences, Warrants of Fitness (WoFs), Certificates of Fitness (CoFs), vehicle licences (‘regos’) and licence endorsements that expired on or after 21 July 2021 will be valid until 30 November 2021, Transport Minister Michael Wood has announced today... More>>

Child Poverty Action Group: Highest jump in weekly benefit numbers since first lockdown

The current lockdown has triggered the largest weekly increase in benefit recipient numbers since the first lockdown last year, and Child Poverty Action Group is concerned the Government isn't doing enough to assist affected families... More>>




InfoPages News Channels