Apology

RSL plan outrages Vietnam veterans

A PROPOSAL by the RSL to foster rapprochement between Australian and Vietnamese veterans of the Vietnam War has caused outrage, prompting the national president, Rear-Admiral Ken Doolan, to apologise for the way it has been handled. Continue Reading

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RSL president says apology won’t help Vietnam Vets

THE city’s Returned and Services League president has rejected suggestions an annual day of apology should be held for Vietnam veterans. Western Victoria MP Peter Kavanagh yesterday called on the federal government to adopt the plan and said troops’ treatment after the war had been appalling. Continue Reading

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Lieutenant General J. Mateparae, ONZM Chief of Defence Force

Our defence involvement in the Vietnam War spanned eight years. This was the longest commitment of our combat forces to a single conflict in New Zealand’s military history. Our involvement in the War has had an impact on our nation, those who served there, and their families, that continues to this day. The controversy connected with the Vietnam war was corrosive; it was damning; and for many of the men and women of the New Zealand Defence Force who served there it became noxious. Continue Reading

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Video: When Sorry is not Enough!

Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word and PM Helen Clark just can’t say sorry Continue Reading

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Now say sorry to Vietnam say anti-war protesters

“What’s been so painful for those soldiers is that they did their duty for the country and they’ve really been treated extremely badly by successive Governments in terms of the sickness that they picked up while serving there,” Mr Shadbolt said the Vietnamese people also had deformed children and an apology should be made to them also. Continue Reading

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Apology is 35 years too late: Vietnamese vet

Mr Nguyen, a captain in the former South Vietnam air force who later spent seven years in a jungle concentration camp, said the apology to veterans was too late. “You should have honoured them when they came back, but until now 35 years later they did it too late,” he said. Continue Reading

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Leader of the Progressive Party ‘Jim Anderton’ Apology to Vietnam Veterans

May I say that as one gets older it is increasingly possible to see and participate in examples where history offers the prospect of learning lessons in the hope that things might be done better in the future. Today is one such example. The purpose of this very public statement in the House is to increase the chances of learning—as a country, as a Government, as armed forces, and as families. Continue Reading

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Leader of the United Future Party ‘Peter Dunne’ Apology to Vietnam Veterans

United Future joins with others in this Crown apology to the Viet Nam veterans this afternoon. Although today’s apology will come too late for many of the veterans, it is a necessary step and it is one that is long overdue. We support the call now for recognition that New Zealand forces and personnel were exposed to Agent Orange and other defoliants, contrary to some of the advice received over the years, and we look forward to there being a favourable settlement in their regard. Continue Reading

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Video: Leader of the Opposition ‘John Key’ Apology to Vietnam Veterans

I rise today to support the apology from the Crown, and to offer the gratitude and thanks of the National Party to those New Zealanders who served in the then Republic of Viet Nam. I also offer our apologies to them and their families for the failure of the Crown to properly acknowledge or address the results of their service in a toxic environment in Viet Nam. Continue Reading

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Ministerial Statement to Parliament by Rt Hon HELEN CLARK (Prime Minister) – Crown apology to Viet Nam veterans

The Crown formally acknowledges the dedicated service of the New Zealand Regular Force personnel deployed during the Viet Nam War, and those many servicemen and women who supported them in their mission. Further the Crown records that those armed forces… Continue Reading

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Video: Rt Hon HELEN CLARK (Prime Minister) Crown apology to Vietnam Veterans

The Crown extends to New Zealand Viet Nam Veterans and their families an apology for the manner in which their loyal service in the name of New Zealand was not recognised as it should have been, when it should have been, and for inadequate support extended to them and their families after their return home from the conflict. Continue Reading

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Leader of NZ First Party ‘Winston Peters’ Apology to Vietnam Veterans

Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS (Leader—NZ First) : New Zealand First supports the Crown apology to Viet Nam veterans, and endorses the sentiments expressed by the Prime Minister and Mr Key. We have long believed in well-overdue measures being adopted to… Continue Reading

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Leader of the Green Party ‘Keith Locke’ Apology to Vietnam Veterans

KEITH LOCKE (Green) : The Greens are very pleased to support the Crown apology. Four years ago the Green Party called on the Government to offer a full public apology to Viet Nam veterans and their families for the failure… Continue Reading

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Full text of the Crown apology to Vietnam Veterans by Rt Hon HELEN CLARK (Prime Minister)

Full text of the Crown apology to Vietnam Veterans, read in Parliament today ( 28/05/2008) by NZ Prime Minister Helen Clark: The Crown formally acknowledges the dedicated service of the New Zealand Regular Force personnel deployed during the Vietnam War,… Continue Reading

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Co-Leader of the Māori Party ‘Tariana Turia’ Apology to Vietnam Veterans

Hon TARIANA TURIA (Co-Leader—Māori Party) : The Māori Party endorses the apologies of the Crown in this House today. New Zealand military history tells us that between 1964 and 1972 over 3,000 New Zealanders served in South Viet Nam. For… Continue Reading

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Vietnam vets divided over apology

The Vietnam War divided the country a generation ago and as the Government launched a belated healing process this week nearly 36 years after the last troops came home, its toxic legacy continued to divide the veterans who served there.… Continue Reading

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Video Clip: Rt Hon ‘HELEN CLARK’ (Prime Minister) Vietnam War – NZ Govt says sorry to soldiers

Vietnam war protesters from the sixties and seventies have welcomed the Government’s apology to veterans but say the Vietnamese population deserve an apology too. Continue Reading

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Video: Deputy Leader of the ACT Party ‘Heather Roy’ Apology to Vietnam Veterans

HEATHER ROY (Deputy Leader—ACT) : The ACT party supports this apology to Viet Nam veterans, alongside all other political parties in this House. Our Viet Nam veterans served with as much heroism and distinction as did the veterans of all… Continue Reading

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Sorry says Government to soldiers

Grey-haired soldiers wept in Parliament as Prime Minister Helen Clark and other party leaders apologised for the way successive governments treated them and their mates who served in the Vietnam War. Continue Reading

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Apology to veterans due tomorrow

Vietnam veterans, due to receive an apology from the Crown tomorrow, have been waiting more than 30 years. The apology, to be made by Prime Minister Helen Clark in Parliament, will acknowledge veterans were not treated fairly when they returned… Continue Reading

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Apology to Vietnam veterans for unfair post-war treatment

The Government will publicly apologise to Vietnam War veterans and their families, recognising the servicemen were not treated fairly when they returned from war. Continue Reading

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Vietnam vets reject government apology

Hundreds of Vietnam War veterans are threatening to reject last year’s government apology for Agent Orange spraying during the war. Their supporters – including former Judge Dame Augusta Wallace and Anglican Bishop Vercoe – have joined the veterans’ battle for more recognition. Continue Reading

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Too little, too late, for too few

On both sides of the Tasman (about 20 per cent of the New Zealand veterans live in Australia) phones and emails are crackling with fiery exchanges as physically and psychologically scarred veterans mobilise. The Government, RSA and Ex-Vietnam Services Association (EVSA) are in retreat a week after signing a memorandum of understanding and hailing the successful conclusion of negotiations. Some veterans are eyeing a legal challenge. Continue Reading

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Howard gives apology to Vietnam vets

The Prime Minister John Howard has apologised to Australia’s 50,000 Vietnam Veterans, for the treatment they received when they returned from the war. Continue Reading

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Nats promise Vietnam vets gold-plated apology

National would apologise to Vietnam war veterans over the Agent Orange saga and would improve all veterans’ access to health and welfare services by providing a gold card, party leader Don Brash says. Continue Reading

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Vets hurt by ‘Clayton’s apology’

RSA president John Campbell said veterans were not so much concerned by the timing of the apology but who delivered it. They made the point that in 2002 Helen Clark personally apologised to other groups – Chinese immigrant workers, Samoans for New Zealand’s inept governance last century and gays. The apology to the Chinese community was followed by money – a $5 million trust fund to promote the history, culture and language of the Chinese in New Zealand. Continue Reading

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PM should apologise, say Vietnam vets

A formal apology by Prime Minister Helen Clark to a gathering of Vietnam veterans is being sought by the Ex-Vietnam Services Association. Association spokesman John Dow said he was waiting to finalise a meeting with Helen Clark’s office on how to conduct a formal apology to veterans for exposure to the defoliant Agent Orange. Continue Reading

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Apology has Veterans ready to Sue Government

Vietnam veterans plan to use a belated apology over their exposure to the deadly Agent Orange defoliant as proof of Government culpability in a proposed damages lawsuit. Continue Reading

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