13 March 2014
Minister of Defence media statement
The Government agrees with the Medallic Recognition Joint Working Group’s report that military personnel who served in South-East Asia have been appropriately recognised and additional medallic recognition is not justified.
“I know today’s decision will be disappointing for the former service men and women who have petitioned for additional medallic recognition,” says Dr Coleman.
“I would like to thank those who made submissions, and also the Joint Working Group who conducted a comprehensive review of the issue.
“The Joint Working Group came to the unanimous conclusion that the valuable contribution made by service men and women in South-East Asia has already been appropriately recognised.
“The Government agrees with the Joint Working Group’s finding that the New Zealand Defence Service Medal is the appropriate medallic recognition for personnel who served throughout the world in a range of deployments that do not meet the criteria for operational service. Nearly all military personnel who served in South-East Asia from 1950 are eligible for this medal.”
The Medallic Recognition Joint Working Group: Service in South-East Asia 1950-2011 received 68 submissions. The Joint Working Group included representatives from the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association, Veterans’ Affairs New Zealand, and the NZ Defence Force.
THE FINAL REPORT OF THE MEDALLIC RECOGNITION JOINT WORKING GROUP: SERVICE IN SOUTH-EAST ASIA 1950-2011 and associated other documents can be downloaded by clicking HERE. This is an interesting document which took 3 years for a JWG to consider and write.