As members, you will be aware that the RNZNCA has been writing letters to Member of Parliaments and Chief of Defence Forces over the past 4 years with differing responses. The latest correspondence received from the Chief of Defence Force indicates that the investigations and analysis phase will be completed by 30 June 2019 with further correspondence being forwarded to the Minister of the Defence in the 3rd quarter of 2019.
Today, from another quarter (NZDF Heritage, Commemorations and Protocol) information has been received which indicates that the investigation has been completed and analysis will follow with a recommendation to the Minister of Defence by end of 2019. A copy of this letter to the President, National RSA can be read HERE.
A further RNZNCA letter was sent (last week) to the Chief of Defence Force requesting advice that the NZDF has, at last, completed their investigation and analysis phase. We await a response.
The RNZNCA will continue to see this issue to a final conclusion and we appreciate that other organisations are also pressing buttons within other departments of Government. It is interesting that after all this time and a large amount of correspondence that it remains unclear who or which department has the lead on this issue.