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

 

PM to present NZOSM medals to Next of Kin

Wednesday 26 November 2003

Media Advisory – Photo and Interview Opportunity

PM to present medals to Next of Kin at the final NZOSM ceremony tomorrow

Prime Minister Helen Clark and Minister of Defence Mark Burton will present 45 engraved New Zealand Operational Service Medals to the relatives of personnel who died overseas on operational service since 1945, at the Auckland War Memorial Museum tomorrow at 1700 hours.

This is the second of two medal presentation ceremonies solely for the Next of Kin of those on the post WWII Roll of Honour. The first ceremony was held at Parliament on 3 September 2003 where the Prime Minister and the Minister of Defence presented the NZOSM to 49 families.

The medals are presented to the Next of Kin as a public acknowledgement of their sacrifice. More than 200 people are expected to attend the ceremony, including relatives of personnel who died in Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand and East Timor.

Although the families of the East Timor casualties will not be available for media interviews, a number of other families have offered to share their story with the New Zealand public.

After a public campaign to find all the relatives of personnel who died for New Zealand, only 11 families remain unidentified.

The New Zealand Operational Services Medal (NZOSM) has only recently been instituted and recognises all New Zealand personnel who have served our country since 3 September 1945. More than 17,000 medals have already been issued.

NZOSM Presentation Ceremony

Thursday 27 November 2003 at 1700 hours
Auckland War Memorial Museum (Hall of Memories)

Event Details
Families will arrive at 1600 hours
The Prime Minister and the Minister of Defence will arrive at 1700 hours (Powhiri)
Presentation by the Prime Minister and the Minister of Defence
Next of Kin response by Mr Ahipene Rangi Paenga
The Prime Minister will depart at 1800 - 1830 hours

General Information
The NZOSM will be presented to relatives of personnel who died overseas on operational service since 1945 and will include personnel who died in Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand and East Timor.
The New Zealand Operational Services Medal (NZOSM) was recently instituted to recognise all New Zealand personnel who served the country since 3 September 1945.
One of the reasons for the creation of the NZOSM was a veteran request for medals that clearly identified that individuals had served New Zealand.
On 11 June 2002 at the inaugural presentation ceremony at Parliament, the NZOSM was presented to four of the families of those who died in service (two in Korea and two in Vietnam) for New Zealand. At this ceremony 12 living veterans also received the NZOSM.
More than 17,000 New Zealand Operational Service Medals have since been issued.
The only medals to be engraved are those presented to the next of kin of those who died on operational service.
For the 125 individuals who died in military operations since WWII two special NZOSM presentation ceremonies have been organised to recognise their service and their families. The medals are presented to the next of kin as a public acknowledgement of their sacrifice.
This is the second of the two medal presentation ceremonies solely for the next of kin of those on the post WWII Roll of Honour. The Prime Minister and the Minister of Defence will present 45 families with medals.
The first ceremony was held at Parliament on 3 September 2003 where the Prime Minister and Minister of Defence presented the NZOSM to 49 families.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Cancel Culture And The ‘hate Speech’ Laws

If there really is anyone out there who feels genuinely panicked about what ‘cancel culture' is doing to our precious freedoms, then maybe they should just take a deep breath, look hard at who has allegedly been ‘ cancelled’ and see if they can detect any trace of a lasting “cancellation“ effect. Chances are, the alleged cancellees will be doing just fine. By and large, they will be people who do not lack for a public platform – never have, never will – and the downstream effects of being “ cancelled” will almost invariably be trending towards zero... More>>

 

Government: To Rev Up Reductions In Transport Emissions

The Government is calling for feedback on a range of potential policies to eliminate emissions in the transport sector. Transport Minister Michael Wood today released Hīkina te Kohupara – Kia mauri ora ai te iwi - Transport Emissions: Pathways to ... More>>

KiwiSaver: Default Provider Scheme Improvements Slash Fees, Boosts Savings

Hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders will be significantly better off in retirement following changes to the default KiwiSaver scheme, Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister David Clark said today. More>>

ALSO:

Government: Hundreds Of New Electric Cars For State Sector

Total of 422 new electric vehicles and charging infrastructure across the state sector $5.1 million for the Department of Conservation to buy 148 electric vehicles and install charging infrastructure $1.1 million to help Kāinga Ora buy 40 electric ... More>>

Child Poverty: Reports Highlight Need For Ongoing Action

The Government has released the first Annual Report for the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy and the second Child Poverty Related Indicators (CPRI) Report, both of which highlight improvements in the lives of children as a result of actions of the Government, ... More>>

ALSO:

PM: Statement On The Speaker And Annual Review Debate

“The serious issue of alleged sexual assault and harassment at Parliament was poorly managed and inappropriately politicised last night. The tone of the debate did not reflect well on Parliament as a whole,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. ... More>>

Parliament: Mallard Fails To Give Taxpayers A Straight Answer

Trevor Mallard has confirmed he is unfit to be Parliament’s Speaker by failing to answer several important questions relating to the false rape accusation saga that cost taxpayers more than $330,000, Shadow Leader of the House Chris Bishop says. ... More>>

Local Government: Independent Review To Explore Future

Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta says an independent review of local government will explore how councils can maintain and improve the wellbeing of New Zealanders in the communities they serve long into the future. More>>

ALSO:


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels