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

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