Repatriation ceremony of service personnel held in Auckland

Three hundred people gathered at Auckland Airport with Minister for Veterans Ron Mark and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Those gathered were the families and service personnel honouring the return of the 27 service people repatriated from Malaysia and Singapore.

The returned were those killed in action during the Malayan Emergency or Vietnam War, or those killed in accidents and left overseas.

The repatriations, known as Te Auraki, is a commitment by the Government to right the wrongs of previous Governments. It was Government policy to inter those fallen personnel overseas, but that changed and between 1955 and 1971 personnel could be bought home at the cost of their family.

The Government started paying to bring personnel home from 1971 but didn’t backdate that to 1955. New Zealand First is proud to be part of a Government doing what’s right by New Zealanders and ensuring that our fallen are returned back to us.

Te Auraki is a testament to their sacrifice and a way we can provide some relief to the families who have suffered loss and grief for decades.

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