24 Apr 2013

Veteran soldier disappointed with NZ now

7:03 pm on 24 April 2013

A 28th Maori Battalion veteran says New Zealanders who died in World War II would be disappointed with the way the country has turned out.

Robert Gillies, 88, will attend the wreath laying and commemorative service for Anzac Day in Wellington on Thursday.

Mr Gillies left for war in 1943 and says back then, there was no need for programmes in schools to feed children and there weren't people sleeping on the streets.

He believes the country has become more materialistic and is giving the environment "hell".

Mr Gillies says those who served in the war fought for social justice - something he believes New Zealand no longer values.