You will be aware from a previous post the composition of the Veterans Advisory Board which was established in August by the Minister of Defence.  This Board has been tasked with determining what is most probably the most fundamental question which will effect all Serving and ex Serving members of the New Zealand Defence Force.


The Board has been established under the Veterans Support Act 2014, Part 8 article 248 and comprises of:

Six Army Personnel, five of which are non serving,  two serving Airforce personnel and one Member of Parliament (Retired)  a further serving Airforce representative has been named to stand in for any serving personnel who are unable to attend.

What is missing here?  There is no Navy representative on this Board!   Now if you don’t care or have no opinion on the composition of this Board, then please read no further.  However, if you believe that there should be a Navy representative from either serving or non-serving on this board to provide a truely cross section of experience, then read on.

A templated letter has been attached to this post and can be downloaded HERE.  The letter is addressed to the Minister of Defence with a copy to your local Member of Parliament.  The letter should be sent in its entirety, dated, your address and signature details appended.  The letter should then be emailed to the Minister with a hard copy posted by snail mail.  No stamps are required for this correspondence as they can be sent FREEPOST.

The Hon Ron Mark email address is  your local MP’s email address can be found by clicking HERE.

Please, if you want your voice heard than ‘Communicate’ sadly this is not something we do or our Government does very well.


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  1. Dave Wistrand says:

    Have done this just now as suggested and the snail mail will be on the way when I go to Waipu next, Also applied for the job by adding a paragraph 5 and volunteering (well you never know do you)

  2. Marian Simons says:

    ridiculous that there is no Navy rep on he board – posted the letter

  3. Frank Rands says:

    I have emailed my letter and had a emailed acknowledgement and advice that the Minister will get back to me shortly.

  4. Dave Wistrand says:

    Ditto Frank had the standard reply and posted the snail mail – Just reviewed the Board members and to be honest nothing startling there. BJ Clark the NZRSA President has done the work and hung in their and is a good effort. The nomination of the NZDEF Warrant Officer is sad – not anything to do with the person – but having the opportunity to have a different voice in the mix, and extra person with a different attitude/experience/axe/background etc – this should not have been missed if you asked me NZDEF took the lazy way out.

  5. Frank Lewis says:

    I have emailed the letter to both Ron Mark and my MP Matt King. I have had an acknowledgement from Matt King and from Ron Mark. I now await the 21 days.

  6. Ann Hollis says:

    How can this be judged fairly each services have different situations which you cannot in all fairness put under the same umbrella. Having people that have had no service experience how can they even understand some of the situations or condition these service people have ,and had to deal with. Ships are different to airplanes etc etc.I only hope that each individual is treated fairly and not pre judged before they have all reguired information .I live in hope for my husband,who after all is a person ,not a number.

  7. Rod Hinchco says:

    Typical of the rushed approach this guy is taking just to look as though he is actually doing something. First time in ages we have had both Defense and Veterans under one Minister, still a bloody failure

  8. Soldier Blue says:

    Australians got South East asia Medal, New Zealanders operating in the same areas of Malaysia after the 1st emergency and then the 2nd emergency up until a peace agreement was signed in 1989 between Malaysian government and the Communist Terrorist It was only after that was signed we all came home…….. A medal acknowledging our troops services in South East Asia continuously for a 2 year postings since 1957 was offered to our troops. But the government of the day in NZ turned it down may as well as being in the back of Waiouru counting tussock grass after 32years you would have counted a few yeah one may have qualified for DOC degree

  9. David Wistrand says:

    Well just had a ring from my MP Dr Shane Reti meeting him Monday at 1000 for a press conference with radio and TV1 etc. Apparently the “Minister” does not intend to alter his stand or seek Naval participation. So we are off to the media for some publicity – See what happens.
    But MP was very positive about doing something so that is good

  10. Ken Smith says:

    i have also had a ring from MP Dr Shane Reti and I am attending the meeting on Monday. However, I understood it was the press this time and maybe TV etc later. I may be wrong though. (These blasted hearing aids.) Will see what happens.

  11. John H Bullock says:

    I am having trouble finding any reference/comments from the Chief of Navy’s pertaining to “no Navy representation” on the Veterans Advisory Board?

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