There has been some news recently about 33 New Zealanders who died in the Malayan, Korea, and Vietnam wars. After a long campaign, members of the fallen soldier's families will finally have their bodies repatriated to New Zealand. Last year Australia repatriated 24 of their fallen in an emotional ceremony and many of the families had hoped New Zealand would agree to move on the issue at the same time. That plea initially fell on deaf ears but last month the government promised to bring them all home. The 33 soldiers and a small number of civilians who served in the wars are not buried in war memorials but instead in civilian cemeteries. Former soldier and New Zealand First MP Ron Mark has been one of the leading voices for the fallen soldiers and their families.
25 Apr 2017