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National and Peter Dunne Block Battle of Britain Motion

Ron Mark MP
Spokesperson for Defence

15 September 2015

National and Peter Dunne Block Battle of Britain Motion

New Zealand First is stunned that on the 75th Anniversary of Battle of Britain Day, the National Party and Peter Dunne have refused to grant two minutes of parliamentary time to mark New Zealand’s contribution in the Battle of Britain.

“All we wanted is for the New Zealand Parliament to recognise the service of 127 New Zealanders who served with the RAF during the Battle of Britain and the 20 who made the ultimate sacrifice,” says New Zealand First Spokesperson for Defence Ron Mark.

“It is clear that when Judith Collins was Minister of Veterans Affairs she understood the significance of the Battle of Britain much more than either the current Minister of Defence or Minister of Veterans Affairs.

“Five years ago Ms Collins rightly said: ‘New Zealanders made up the second largest number of foreign aircrew involved in the Battle of Britain ... we are grateful for the sacrifice made by all as they fought successfully to prevent German victory’.

“New Zealand First wanted just two minutes to recognise the service of these brave men but the government refused.

“But the Ministers of this government will be quick to front with a wreath and for a photo opportunity on ANZAC Day. They show nothing but contempt for the service and sacrifice of our veterans,” says Mr Mark.

Ron Mark’s Motion:

I move, that this House marks the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain, honouring New Zealand and allied air and ground crew who fought and died in the defence of freedom, immortalised by Sir Winston Churchill’s words; “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”


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