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Declaration of Operational Service for the Purposes of the Veterans’ Support Act 2014

In accordance with section 9 of the Veterans’ Support Act 2014 (“Act”), I hereby give the following notice.


  1. I declare service in the Republic of Iraq and the air space above it during the following periods of time to be operational service for the purposes of the Act:
    • between 1 November 2002 and 31 March 2003 (inclusive);
    • between 1 May 2003 and 30 September 2004 (inclusive); and
    • between 1 January 2005 and 31 October 2013 (inclusive).
  2. This declaration supersedes the declarations of emergency service under the War Pensions Act 1954 for service:
    • as part of the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission, which was made by the Honourable Nathan Guy on 25 June 2012; and
    • as part of the United Nations Mine Action Service programme and Task Group Rake, which was made by the Honourable George Hawkins on 5 November 2003.
  3. This declaration covers:
    • members of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) serving with the NZDF;
    • members of the NZDF on secondment with the armed forces of other nations; and
    • any person seconded to the NZDF with the permission of the Chief of Defence Force.
  4. The persons covered by this declaration shall have access to the entitlements and services specified in the Act and the Veterans’ Support Regulations 2014.
  5. I am satisfied that there was a significant risk of harm to those that undertook this service, as required by the Act.

Dated this 14th day of January 2016.

Hon CRAIG FOSS, Minister of Veterans’ Affairs.