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Welcome Home: reconciliation, Vietnam veterans, and the reconstruction of Anzac under the Hawke government

This paper seeks to explore the role that Hawke played in reconciling these parties and the discursive inclusion of Vietnam veterans into the Anzac narrative. In doing so, it assumes that national identity and conceptions of the nation-state are socially constructed (see Anderson 1983; Hobsbawn 2005) and that national leaders play an important role in facilitating and actively creating this process.

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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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Minister thanks veterans’ health Advisory Group

Veterans’ Affairs Minister Judith Collins has thanked a Ministerial Advisory Group on Veterans’ Health set up two years ago to advise the Government on veterans’ health issues. Continue Reading

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Judith Collins Letter 16th May 2009.

From the Desk of the VVAG Secretary 16th May 2009 I have received no reply from Judith Collins in response to the submissions I sent to all the MP’s. I did receive a supportive letter from the Honourable Tariana Turia which… Continue Reading

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National promises more for war vets

War veterans will be given greater recognition and assistance under a National-led Government, the party said yesterday. 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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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: 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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NZ Vietnam vets missing out on $40,000 defoliant payouts

Of more than 1000 veterans who have registered with Veterans Affairs, just 34 have been accepted for one-off $40,000 payments to date – fuelling the ire of some veterans who have branded the compensation package “pathetic“. Continue Reading

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Beehive Chat – Justice for the Survivors of Viet Nam

Last week while the media was focused on politicians and preachers debating the nature of religious diversity, another religious leader was quietly lodging a claim with the Waitangi Tribunal. Most Reverend Whakahuihui Vercoe, immediate past Archbishop of Aotearoa, has taken action on behalf of Maori Vietnam veterans ex defence personnel. The claim requests that compensation become immediately available to the descendants of the veterans. 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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War vets fuming over compo package

Fewer than 100 survivors of the Vietnam War are expected to qualify for one-off compensation for life-threatening illnesses which have claimed hundreds of their comrades in the past 35 years. Continue Reading

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Agreement reached for Viet Nam Veterans

“A formal memorandum of understanding has been signed between the government and representatives of Viet Nam veterans, the Ex-Vietnam Services Association (EVSA) and the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association (RNZRSA). Continue Reading

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Agent Orange victims to win compensation tomorrow

The Government will tomorrow announce a wide-ranging compensation package — expected to include financial and health support — for Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange. Continue Reading

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National wants compensation for Agent Orange vets

National leader Don Brash said today New Zealand Vietnam veterans affected by Agent Orange should be given an official apology, and paid compensation. 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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Mp Judith Collins’ Comments: Agent Orange effects

Mp Judith Collins’ Comments: Agent Orange has serious effects! Continue Reading

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Help closer in Agent Orange aftermath

Vietnam veterans should learn this year – the Year of the Veteran – what the Government will do to address issues about their health concerns and entitlements. A 100-page report from a joint working group on the concerns of Vietnam veterans landed on Defence Minister Phil Goff’s desk last week after months of consultation. Continue Reading

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Vietnam – war without end DOC

Attached: Submission to The Joint Working Group on The Concerns of Vietnam Veterans By Lt Col (Retd) R G (Red) Beatson 01 February 2006 Continue Reading

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Kedgley to speak at int’l Agent Orange conference

Ms Kedgley is speaking at an International Conference of the Victims of Agent Orange in Hanoi, Vietnam Continue Reading

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Barker admits Agent Orange blunder

Veterans Minister Rick Barker yesterday admitted an embarrassing mistake by telling a woman the Government had yet to respond to a report on Agent Orange – when it had done so in 2004. Continue Reading

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MP demands speedier Agent Orange action

Two more Vietnam veterans’ deaths show the need for the Government to honour its Agent Orange obligations quickly, Maori Party MP Te Ururoa Flavell says. 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 to get commission for Agent Orange cases

Prime Minister Helen Clark is expected to announce today the establishment of a commission to hear the cases of Vietnam veterans sprayed with the dangerous defoliant Agent Orange. Continue Reading

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Sue Kedgley: Agent Orange relentless in its horrific after-effects

Last month, I visited a Vietnamese village. What I saw was tragic. There were children with severe abnormalities. Some were blind and deaf. Some had abnormally large heads, twisted limbs, or no limbs at all. And all because of Agent Orange. Continue Reading

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Agent Orange papers released

Defence Minister Mark Burton today released historic documents relating to the alleged manufacture of Agent Orange in New Zealand. It was recently claimed that two ingredients 2,4,5-T and 2,4-D — used in the manufacture of Agent Orange — were produced by chemical company Ivon Watkins Dow (now called Dow AgroSciences) and exported from Taranaki in the 1960s bound for an American military base in the Philippines. 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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Government probes claims NZ exported Agent Orange

Government officials started looking afresh in November at a claim that Agent Orange ingredients were made here and shipped to the US military, Defence Minister Mark Burton has revealed. Continue Reading

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MP denies evidence of Agent Orange exports

Mr Gibbs claimed that at that meeting Mr Duynhoven told him individual components of Agent Orange – the chemicals 2,4,5-T and 2,4-D – were shipped from Port Taranaki to Subic Bay in the Philippines during the late 1960s. Continue Reading

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NZ First demands all Agent Orange papers be made public

New Zealand First is calling for the Government to release all papers relating to Agent Orange use in the Vietnam war, claiming a cover-up. Continue Reading

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MP’s Agent Orange claim triggers inquiry

Officials will investigate a Government minister’s reported claim that Ivor Watkins Dow exported the components of the defoliant Agent Orange for use in the Vietnam War. Continue Reading

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Government apology for Vietnam War veterans

Veterans Affairs Minister George Hawkins made the apology in the Government’s response to the health select committee’s Agent Orange inquiry. The committee called only for acceptance that exposure occurred, not an apology. Continue Reading

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Call for compensation for veterans

The Government should compensate Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange rather than just offering them a belated apology, New Zealand First MP Ron Mark said today. Continue Reading

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Vets were Exposed to Agent Orange, Committee Finds

“Overwhelmingly, the committee accepted that New Zealand Vietnam veterans were exposed to a very toxic environment,” committee chairwoman Steve Chadwick said. “That’s our key recommendation for the Government to consider.” Continue Reading

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Chadwick Report of the Health Committee October 2004: Agent Orange and other defoliant chemicals during the Vietnam War

Inquiry into the exposure of New Zealand defence personnel to Agent Orange and other defoliant chemicals during the Vietnam War and any health effects of that exposure, and transcripts of evidence Continue Reading

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Army Brass Contradict Agent Orange Report

Army top brass dealt a crippling blow to the credibility of an Agent Orange report yesterday when they told a parliamentary inquiry Kiwi soldiers in Vietnam probably had contact with the substance 357 times. The extraordinary evidence came after the… Continue Reading

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Government to research Vietnam veteran’s concerns

The Government will research the use of herbicides in areas of Vietnam where New Zealand soldiers’ served, Veterans’ Affairs Minister George Hawkins says. Continue Reading

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More support for veterans’ children after report released

The Government is to extend medical assistance provided to the children of Vietnam and Operation Grapple veterans. Continue Reading

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Better health treatment for veterans’ children

“Additional assistance for veterans will include coverage of any additional payments for doctors’ visits, pharmaceutical charges, and support services. Continue Reading

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Govt committed to health of Veterans’ Children

“Cabinet has directed the office of Veterans Affairs to fully investigate the financial and management implications of the recommendations and report back to Government by May 2000.” Continue Reading

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Government Will Consider Report On Veterans

“We have listened to the concerns of those involved and we will move to put the matter right after we have considered the findings in the report,” Mrs Shipley said. “Veterans and their children can be assured we will look at these recommendations very carefully.” Continue Reading

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Report Recommends Assistance For Children Of War Veterans

The children of veterans who believe their health has suffered because of their parents’ possible exposure to Agent Orange or radiation deserve access to free medical care and counselling, the Government has been told. The committee charged with inquiring into… Continue Reading

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Inquiry into the Health Status of Children of Vietnam and Operation Grapple Veterans June 1999

Advisory Committee on the Health of Veterans’ Children, by Sir Paul Reeves, GCMG GCVO Chairman Continue Reading

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Details of Inquiry into Health Status of Veterans’ Children Announced

The Committee is charged with determining whether exposure to defoliants during the Vietnam War or to nuclear radiation during the British atmospheric tests at Christmas and Malden Islands has been responsible for health problems experienced by veterans’ children, and if so, to recommend to Government appropriate measures to assist those affected. Continue Reading

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Copy Congressional Record: Agent Orange Components were considered by US Senate as Chemical Warfare Agents

Agent Orange Components were considered by US Senate as Chemical Warfare Agents. 1969-08-11 Congressional Record (Agent Orange) C.B.W Continue Reading

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