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  • Up to 30 Korean War veterans will be funded to attend the 60th anniversary commemorations of the Korean War Armistice in July next year, Veterans Affairs Minister Nathan Guy has announced on 23 November 2012.

  • Retired Brigadier and linguist Ernie Chamberlain served for 36 years in the Australian Army, including on exchange with NZ Force SEA in Singapore 1975‐77 as SO2 Intelligence. He has written The Viet Cong D445 Battalion: Their Story, published privately in 2011, and available to read free on-line.

  • From Willie Walker:

    During the period 16‐19 August 2012 I was privileged to attend the unveiling of the original Long Tan Cross at the Australian War Memorial Museum in Canberra. In 1968 prior to 6 RARs second tour to Vietnam, a plan was put in place to erect a cross at the site of the Long Tan battle.

  • Our annual reunion, 9-11 November 2012, was a great occasion, enjoyed by all. Read on for the highlights of the weekend . . .

  • Here's an interesting and moving video comment on Remembrance Day in Canada - Click here . . .

  • The NZ Army Hut at Omori, Lake Taupo

    I have had a request for any information, including photos of the NZ Army hut that was located at Omori (Southern end of Lake Taupo), which was mainly used by soldiers who were keen fishermen.

  • MCADAM, Francis Hardy. WWII NZ Army 49280 17th and 6th Field Regt. NZ Artillery. Passed away peacefully on 1 November 2012 at Redwood Hospital; in his 93rd year.

  • Dear Fellow Gunners

    Greg Thwaite has called in a few favours and used a few contacts to achieve something of a coup (not seriously!).  Prince Charles and Camilla will be attending our remembrance service on Sunday morning at the Auckland Museum and Greg is trying to establish the likelihood of a group photo of RNZA Assn members with HRH after the service.

  • SMITH, Ronald Jack (RJ). RNZA.WO2 Reg No. 462698. Aged 77. Passed peacefully at home on 23 October 2012 surrounded by his family, after a bravely fought battle. As Ron wished, a private family service has been held.

  • Notes from RNZRSA National Council Meeting, Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington 15 – 17 October 2012

    David Weston, RNZA Association Delegate

    Monday 15 October

  • Veterans’ Affairs New Zealand is seeking Expressions of Interest from New Zealand Second World War veterans who served in the Pacific and who may wish to attend the 70th anniversary commemorations in April 2013.

  • George McElroy passed on peacefully early Monday morning, 15 October 2012.

    His Commemorative Service will be held at the Anglican Church, Queen and Wesley St, Pukekohe on Friday 19 October 2012 at 1300 hrs, attended by family, friends and comrades.

  • The Carter Observatory has two 'depression range-finders' in their collections - a Mark II BB and a Mark II C. They are almost certainly related to t

  • Thank you for inviting me to speak to your 2012 National Council. It is a great pleasure to be speaking to you again this year. I would like to thank your national executive committee and president Don McIver. Don has been a tireless advocate for veterans for the last few years. As Prime Minister I have the privilege of meeting many veterans and hearing your remarkable stories. I know I speak on behalf of all New Zealanders when I thank you for the contribution you have made to our peace and security.

    National is committed to honouring your sacrifice. That is why today I’m delighted to be able to give you an overview of the Government’s response to the Law Commission’s review of the War Pensions Act.

  • From Pat Duggan:

    George McElroy is a Vietnam Vet from 161 Battery, 1971.

    George is now in Totara Hospice, where he is not expected to live long. If anyone who could visit George, that would be appreciated.

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