Veterans' Affairs News: June 2016 (Special Edition)

Veterans' Affairs News (June 2016) [PDF, 267 KB]: pdf version of VA News:

  • pdf version includes registration form for ballot (commemoration in Canberra – 50th anniversary of Viet Nam War)
  • registration close-off date is now 24 June (NOT 17 June as on registration form).

Representative 50th Anniversary Commemoration of Viet Nam War

More than 3800 New Zealanders served in Viet Nam between 1963 and 1975. Sadly, 37 died during the conflict. Veterans’ Affairs Minister, Hon Craig Foss, has recently announced a commemorative programme to acknowledge and honour all Viet Nam veterans, and the 50th anniversary of the Viet Nam War.

The New Zealand Government has planned two sets of commemorative activities. These will both take place on 18 August – which also marks Viet Nam Veterans’ Day and the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan. Activities to commemorate the Viet Nam War will take place in Wellington and Canberra.


Full commemorative service will be held at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington. This will be preceded by a short wreath-laying ceremony at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington.

For the Michael Fowler Centre service:

  • all Viet Nam veterans, their families, and members of the public are welcome to attend
  • email to register your interest, if you'd like to attend.


A group of 35 Viet Nam veterans will travel to Canberra to participate in commemorative activities at the Australian War Memorial. Veterans selected to participate will travel to and from Canberra with support from NZDF. The 35 veterans will be selected via ballot.

There will be 2 ballots for Canberra:

  • general ballot for 30 Viet Nam veterans with qualifying service
  • ballot for 5 veterans of 161 Battery who were posted or attached to 161 Battery on 18 August 1966 and served at the gun line during the Battle of Long Tan. This ballot recognises the significance of 18 August as the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan, and 161 Battery’s involvement.

Veterans can only enter one of the ballots, and must mark their choice clearly on their registration form. Send completed registration form, or any queries about the commemorative activities, to:

  •; or
  • Viet Nam 50th Anniversary Commemorations, c/o Heritage, Commemorations & Protocol Group, Headquarters New Zealand Defence Force, Freyberg House, Private Bag 39997, WELLINGTON 6011.

More information (Viet Nam War commemorations)

Contracts for services: housewashing, gutter-cleaning, window-cleaning, medical-alarm services

Our new approach to contracting for services continues to elicit high-quality, and comprehensive, packages of services and support for those veterans who need them – and through this approach, we are delivering more services, to more veterans, than ever before.

Stan Gardner with Crewcut provider

Stan Gardner, of Christchurch, celebrates his 100th birthday with his Crewcut provider

 From 1 July, Chemwash will deliver a housewashing, window-cleaning and gutter-cleaning package to any veteran who currently receives any one of these services, or any other veteran who needs it. The package includes:

  • an annual house wash
  • 2 annual window washes
  • 2 annual gutter cleans.

Since we announced this contract package in the last VA News, over 170 veterans who've never received any of these services in the past are now scheduled to receive services through Chemwash.

A new medical alarm provider has also been appointed: in future, Redwolf will provide medical alarms to all veterans who need them. The new contract for medical alarms will mean that, if you receive this service, you will be issued with a transportable medical alarm, which you can carry with you. You will be able to seek help wherever you are. The required response time, and level of service around monitoring of alarms, is also greatly improved under the new contract arrangements: for example, the need for alarm battery replacement is actively monitored, and fall-alerts are included on each alarm. Redwolf will start providing this service over the next few months.

Contact us if you think you might need a medical alarm.