25 Apr 2013

Elderly former New Zealand soldiers come together for New Caledonia anniversary

7:10 pm on 25 April 2013

In New Caledonia, 85 veterans have come together to mark the 70th anniversary of New Zealand's involvement in the Pacific theatre of the Second World War .

The New Zealand Veterans' Affairs Minister, Michael Woodhouse, is with the veterans, who are aged from 88 to 96.

He says for many, it is their first and possibly last time in the region since the war.

Mr Woodhouse says of the thousands of New Zealanders who served in the Pacific, more than 900 died.

He says it is likely to be another emotional day tomorrow, when the veterans view the memorials and graves of fellow New Zealanders buried in New Caledonia.